The Play About the Baby | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Play About the Baby Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 8 2010

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf proved Edward Albee could be awfully mean-spirited. But even by the standards of that bleak 1962 Walpurgisnacht, this 2001 work feels cold-hearted. As in the earlier play, Albee uses two couples--one young and full of hope, the other older, sour, and illusion-puncturing--to explore the myriad sick games couples play. This time, however, he employs a mind-boggling series of Pirandellian tricks (the older folks are quite aware of being characters in a play) to manipulate the audience and mock us for daring to care about the young couple. The result is a script that, even in this focused, lively BackStage Theatre production--and despite the amusements supplied by Albee's inspired mind games and bad-boy love of puncturing middle-class sentimentality--just doesn't have any heart. --Jack Helbig

Price: $18-$20


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