Zastrozzi, the Master of Discipline | Constellation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Zastrozzi, the Master of Discipline Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 25 2012

Percy Bysshe Shelley was 17 when he published the novel on which this 1977 play is based; it's plotty, overwrought Gothic juvenilia, but it bears early indications of the poet's technical skill and fierce intellect. This debut production by the Division theater company throws off similar loomings. George Walker's adaptation is set in 1893 Italy, where Zastrozzi, the criminal scourge of Europe, seeks revenge against a mentally deficient artist called Verezzi who supposedly killed his mother. The melodrama is handled with attention and wit by director Jodi Kingsley, and though the fight scenes were plagued by bad timing on opening night, the show overall is a feast of technical competence. Heath Hays's sound design and Pete Dully's lighting are both particularly good. —Keith Griffith

Price: $20

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