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The Samaritan Syndrome Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays. Continues through May 25 2010

There's a small, unplanned festival of Jeremy Menekseoglu plays going on in Chicago. His own Dream Theater Company just closed Agamemnon--the first piece of Menekseoglu's new trilogy based on the Oresteia--and they're opening the second, Electra. (The third, Orestes, premieres in July.) Meanwhile, the Brikenbrak Theatre Project is staging this Genet-esque older script in which "Mr. Suit" searches a very strange establishment--half mental ward, half whorehouse--for a certain woman he claims to want to save. The 45-minute work has Mr. Suit going from room to room, encountering various people in need and indulging a few needs of his own. It's interesting as a study of how kindness can get fetishized into a form of sadomasochism and as a gloss on the new trilogy, which explores the same issue. But the production, directed by Paul Cosca, is no help at all. Anthony Stamilio's Mr. Suit, in particular, is, well, an empty suit. --Tony Adler

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