Venus Envy | The Charnel House | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Venus Envy The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 23 2012

The women in Venus Envy wear pants, drink too much, make crude sexist cracks, and aren't afraid to use violence to get their way. The men wear high heels and makeup and pretty much take what the women dish out. It's a simple reversal of conventional gender roles. Way too simple. Out to make a somewhat passe point about the status of women in our society, playwright/director Vincent Truman strips away context, character, ambiguity, stakes—anything that might give his audience a reason to stick with this 60-minute fable. Lisa Stran can be amusingly vicious as Madelyn, an alpha woman who has a consciousness-raising experience. But neither she nor Truman shows us why Madelyn would be ready for that experience. —Tony Adler

Price: $15

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