The Mercy Seat | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Mercy Seat Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 13 2009

Just about any ten-minute stretch of Neil LaBute's 2002 one-act is aggravating and engrossing, tedious and suspenseful, petty and profound. Every time you start wondering why you should care whether the adulterous affair between corporate barracuda Abby and her spineless underling Ben will survive the World Trade Center collapse, LaBute reveals the kind of volatile moral dilemma that would make David Mamet proud. Darrell W. Cox is mesmerizing as Ben, a heap of inertia whose every unfinished sentence speaks volumes. And once LaBute supplies a reason to like Abby, Cheryl Graeff takes the character to heartbreaking heights. Director Joe Jahraus maintains exacting focus. It's a maddening, penetrating evening, well worth arguing over. --Justin Hayford

Price: $25-$35

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