The Sifters | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

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In her self-indulgent new play, writer-director-performer Sharon Lanza wanders the corridors of her own mind without showing much regard for the feelings or thoughts of her audience. The shape-shifting characters in this Rescuers production include an astronaut who becomes a doctor, a ballerina/cleaning lady, and a mermaid/singer/motivational speaker. Only Brad Smith as a security guard makes his character at all genuine; the other performers take a distanced, ironic approach, like space aliens parodying bad TV. As a result Lanza's supposed exploration of love and loss has no emotional impact at all--it's simply bewildering. And the almost total lack of movement (stiff ballroom poses don't count) is odd in a work advertised as a "series of movement-based theatrical episodes." --Laura Molzahn a Through 4/1: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, studio theater, 78 E. Washington (enter at 77 E. Randolph), 773-742-8497, $10-$20.

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