The Butcher of Baraboo | A Red Orchid Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Butcher of Baraboo Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 3 2012

Both violence and wackiness continually threaten to erupt in Marisa Wegrzyn's macabre 2006 comedy. Dowdy Wisconsin housewife Valerie may have butchered her husband in hopes of canoodling with his brother. Her lesbian pharmacist daughter, Midge, sells meth to middle schoolers with the tacit approval of Aunt Gail, the bumbling sheriff who gets high to research her antidrug lectures. And so on. It's all smarter, funnier, and truer than it sounds, thanks to Wegrzyn's extraordinary ability to imbue goofiness with menace. Director Shade Murray and his unflappable cast hold the script's warring elements in perfect equipoise until the final scenes, when the violence finally blows up and plausibility vanishes. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$30


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