Timon of Athens | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Timon of Athens Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: April 24-June 10 2012

Like many Chicago Shakespeare Theater productions, this is a one-hand, other-hand affair. On the one hand, director Barbara Gaines has given us the chance to see what may be Shakespeare's least-revived play—a sort of rough sketch for King Lear, about a foolish rich man who hands his wealth over to false friends. And she's done it in style, too, putting marvelously idiosyncratic Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid at the head of a sharp, mostly Chicago-based cast. The whole bunch are a pleasure to watch. On the other hand, Gaines makes us sit through set pieces she's overused elsewhere—the decadent bit with strippers, the ominous final tableau—none of which helps her or us make sense of Timon. Still, on yet another hand, coherence may be too much to ask given the cut-and-paste character of the script itself, a minor work any way you look at it. —Tony Adler

Price: $44-$75

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