The Earl | A Red Orchid Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Earl Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays-Wednesdays, Sundays. Continues through March 2 2011

Three brothers have made a tradition of staging a violent game (a crowbar features prominently) in a dilapidated office. This time around, the runt of the litter has brought along a ringer, or "earl": a movie star in the Clint Eastwood mold who kicks the living crap out of the other two brothers. Playwright Brett Neveu keeps the backstory so vague that there's little emotional charge, leaving fight choreography as the main attraction. Some sudden, gory moments yield both laughs and shock--think pro wrestling--but it's hit-and-miss. Lanky, swift, and impish as the hyped-up youngest brother, Ryan Bourque is the best thing by far in this staging by Duncan Riddell for the Inconvenience. --Dan Weissmann

Price: $15


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