Zelda at the Oasis | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Zelda at the Oasis The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 23 2015

When playwright P.H. Lin first introduces us to a fading 34-year-old Zelda Fitzgerald, stranded and lonely in a late-night New York bar, she's emotionally unstable, alcoholically self-medicated, and desperate to emerge from the shadow of her husband. After an hour of holding forth about her artistic gifts, encouraging the bartender to become a concert pianist like he's always dreamed, and flashing back to key episodes in her life, she's still the same—and Lin's static diorama has barely progressed an inch. Under Elayne LeTraunik’s unobtrusive direction for Genesis Theatrical Productions, Amy Gray as Fitzgerald and Guy F. Wicke as a multitude of incidental characters can’t strike much of a spark from Lin’s soggy dialogue. Designer Nick Jackson's backdrop of gray mesh polygons is a head scratcher. —Justin Hayford

Price: $30, $25 seniors, $15 students



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