Ulysses | Berger Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Ulysses The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 30 2016

The great virtue of this Plagiarists production is its recognition that James Joyce's immense novel boils down to a single, simple, affecting intention: To chronicle a day in the life of Dublin advertising salesman Leopold Bloom, who's only pretended to live since the death of his infant son, Rudy. All the literary provocations that have made the book so celebrated and daunting hang on nothing more than that. The great weakness of the production is its lack of a real strategy for confronting those provocations and folding them into the narrative. As directed by Aileen McGroddy, who wrote the adaptation with Jessica Wright Buha, the show has some resonant moments—thanks especially to David Fink's hangdog performance as Bloom. But it too often comes across as confused, approximate, and unappealingly casual. —Tony Adler

Price: $15-$20


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