|A Red Orchid Theatre presents|
|Louis Slotin Sonata|
|Written by Paul Mullin
Directed byKaren Kessler
A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells (map)
through October 24th | tickets: $25-$30 | more info
Reviewed by Katy Walsh
'Tickling the dragon's tail' sounds like a fairytale requirement for rescuing the princess. It is not so enchanting! In fact, it's the testing procedures for a plutonium bomb. A Red Orchid Theatre presents Louis Slotin Sonata, based on the death and times of a historical figure. In 1946, Dr. Louis Slotin has plans. Goodbye bombs! Hello biology! Louie's bags are packed to leave the military zone and go university academic. Before his departure, he decides to give the dragon one more tickle. During the routine, Louis' hand slips and the dragon bites. Everyone in the room is exposed to radiation. Louis Slotin Sonata focuses on the final nine days of a scientist. In a morphine induced haze, Louie tries to piece together his incident, existence and death. His Hebrew lessons and Nazi war criminal memories jumble producing hallucinatory action adventure and a choreographed Nagasaki shuffle. Louis Slotin Sonata is a concerto of science and religion with an underlying comedic rhythm.
Check out the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Blog.