The Last Days of the Commune | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Last Days of the Commune Sold Out (Music) The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2017

Prop Thtr presents a multimedia take on Bertolt Brecht's last, unfinished play. In the waning days of the Paris workers' uprising of 1871, everyday people struggle unsuccessfully to form a new kind of society before being mowed down by the novel technology of the rapid-fire mitrailleuse. Similarly, the play throws songs, video, and various forms of speechifying at the audience, trying in vain to tell this story of grand failure. The music—composed and directed by Kyle Ann Greer, playing keyboards near stage left—rarely blends with the dialogue and the amplified instruments often drown out the unamplified singing, while the video segments are unnecessary and often inaudible. The busy shuttling of 23-member cast on- and offstage contributes to a cacophonous and inchoate production that leaves the audience bludgeoned and bloodied on the barricades much like those poor Communards. Stefan Brün directed. —Dmitry Samarov

Price: $20

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