Reviewed by Paula Citron
David Mamet’s terrific Sexual Perversity in Chicago perks up the summer blahs. Red One Theatre Collective absolutely captures Mamet’s restless dialogue and textual irony under director David Tompa.
Mamet wrote Sexual Perversity in Chicago in 1976, and sadly, very little has really changed in the war between the sexes. His men objectify women, and the women objectify themselves. The caustic dialogue is even funnier in these supposedly more liberated times.
I’m assuming that Red One supports their theatrical productions by the work they do in films and on television. Whatever, they do splendid work in live theatre.
Joe Dinicol as the motor-mouth misogynist Dan, Benjamin Blais as the tentative Bernie, and Carrie-Lynn Neales as the philosophical Joan are simply wonderful. Newcomer Kate Ziegler needs more punch and louder projection as Deb, but the chops are there.
This is a run don’t walk. For tickets, contact sexualperversityinchicago @gmail.com.
Sexual Perversity in Chicago continues at Unit C Theatre until Aug. 28.
Sexual Perversity in Chicago
Red One Theatre
Written by David Mamet
Directed by David Tompa
Starring Benjamin Blais, Joe Dinicol, Carrie-Lynn Neales and Kate Ziegler
Unit C Theatre, Aug. 16 to 28, 2010