The Walls | Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Merle Reskin Garage Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Walls The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 20 2009

Two underwritten plays compete for attention in Lisa Dillman's new work, getting its premiere in this Rivendell Theatre Ensemble production. The first is a series of presentational tableaux emerging from the imagination of Carrie, a graduate student researching the history of women involuntarily committed to mental institutions, in which two of her case studies reenact their tragic fates. The second is a conventional, metaphor-heavy drama about Carrie's struggles to come to terms with the death of her mentally ill mother while trying to befriend--and possibly romance--a free-spirited, psychotic woman she meets in a coffee shop. Both plays are full of compelling details conveyed with great nuance by director Megan Carney's eight-person cast. But each interrupts the other repeatedly, preventing either from developing completely. --Justin Hayford

Price: $10 for previews, $20 for the run.


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