The Roar of the Butterfly | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Roar of the Butterfly Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: May 2-3 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 20 2012

Chicago chanteuse Spider Saloff has a clever premise for her one-woman show: she plays the members of a group gathered at a Greenwich Village cabaret to memorialize their recently departed friend Butterfly by trading stories and singing songs. All of the songs are Saloff originals, ranging from pretty imitations of American Songbook classics ("Dancing Shoes" could've been written in 1933) to a lament, "Deep Inside the Rain," that really soars. Saloff does a fairly good job of portraying the guests at the service, most of whom are basically familiar stock characters—but the tales they tell are flat, unconvincing, and riddled with cliches. Over the course of 90 minutes we never hear a single moving or even memorable story about Saloff's beloved Butterfly. —Jack Helbig

Price: $32-$35

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