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Casanova Takes A Bath

Casanova vs. the recession.

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3502-4 N. Elston Ave.
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David Isaacson

Theater Oobleck


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Runs May 21, 2010-June 13, 2010

Friday9 p.m.
Saturday9 p.m.
Sunday7 p.m.

Recommended a "Must See" Show

This is a one-man show about the financial meltdown as explained by history's best-publicized seducer. If that doesn't sound like a good time, you don't know Oobleck. The company is directorless (the actors are in charge of themselves), priceless (audience members pay what they can) and unmatched in its delivery of deadpan, highbrow hilarity.

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Reviewer: Rory Leahy
Friday May 21, 2010

If you're in Chicago, and you're looking for some brilliant comic juxtapositions, go see any show produced by the folks at Theater Oobleck; they are the Brilliant Comic Juxtapositions People.

This is exemplified well by their current production, David Isaacson's "Casanova Takes a Bath" (subtitled "Current trends in the American Financial Sector as explained by the World's Greatest Lover"). One element that is immediately disappointing is that despite the title, Casanova does not bathe onstage, but this rather refers to taking a bath in the metaphorical sense of losing one's fortune, which is exactly what so many of America's financial wizards would have done recently had it not been for controversial government intervention.

The show alternates between Isaacson talking directly to the audience about current events, then leaping stage left to read relevant passages of Casanova's notoriously salacious Memoirs, in which the infamous 18th-century rake recounts stories calculated to simultaneously horrify and amuse adherents of pretty much any known system of morality: stories of gambling, irresponsible stock speculation, and the seduction of 14-year-old nuns.

Isaacson obviously sees all of this as a pretty good parallel for the present shenanigans on Wall Street, and he illustrates a number of examples from news headlines to make that point.

If Isaacson's goal is to explain the economic crisis to the layman, he largely fails because it's still pretty incomprehensible, but he does succeed in wringing out a lot of gallows laughter, and in making a case for his thesis, which is that human greed and dishonesty caused it, not some unaccountable natural forces.

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