The One About the Green Detective | Black Rock Pub & Kitchen | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The One About the Green Detective The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays. Continues through Feb. 16 2009

Last October the Plagiarists went long with a two-and-a-half-hour evening of Jonathan Lethem stories. This time they're offering only one Lethem tale--a noiresque parody about a hapless private dick tracking a cheap, vulgar joke to its source--that clocks in at an all-too-brief 40 minutes. Perhaps they'd do well to find a happy medium. But why complain when, long or short, the work is consistently charming, hip, and evocative? Even with the dreadful sightlines and unhelpful lighting in the back room of the Black Rock Pub, director Kaitlin Byrd's breezy mix of irony and self-mockery ("We spent $200 on this show!" the narrator boasts) goes great with suds and bar food. The Every People Jazz Workshop's live bebop accompaniment is spot-on; stick around for their free after-set. --Justin Hayford

Price: $15


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