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Lucid

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

A discontented artist experiments with lucid dreaming, assuming control over his dreams and enacting his fantasies. Convinced that his only chance at self-actualization lies beyond the dreamscape, he embarks on a phantasmagorical affair with his idealized paramour, only to blur the line that separates dream from reality.

Presented by Diamante Productions

Thru - Feb 28, 2010



Price: $18-$20

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-935-6860

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  Lucid Reviews

Chicago Reader - Not Recommended

"...The four in his new script are all smart and glib, differing only in their gender, circumstances, and degree of malaise. Most dissatisfied is Peter, a painter and graphic artist who uses lucid dreaming techniques--involving the conscious manipulation of dreams--to create a fantasy life with a fantasy woman. Unfortunately, this loser also has a real, live, pregnant girlfriend. Will Peter come to his senses? I couldn't make myself care. Throw in a few rants about the criminality of the advertising business, and I still didn't care. Fiorentino's wit, Robert Shoquist's ingenious revolving set, and generally expert performances under Braden LuBell's direction for Diamante Productions are wasted on the callow Peter."
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Laura Molzahn


Time Out Chicago - Not Recommended

"...If Peter weren’t such a loathsome creature, we might be more inclined to root for his fairy tale. But between callously demanding a paternity test from his loving girlfriend (Shatkus) and renting a motel room to get dream-laid in peace, he’s a child in need of a slap. Kaplan, saddled with the Manic Pixie Dream Girl role, is full of warmth, even when parading around in a virginal white shift, eager for sex and clutching an apple."
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Caitlin Montanye Parrish


Chicago Theater Beat - Recommended

"...The play Lucid is supposed to be about the mystery and excitement of what is called lucid dreaming. This is a somewhat controversial technique parlayed by New Age practitioners as a means to fulfill desires both conscious and subconscious. The playwright Tony Fiorentino has attempted to bring this to the audience in the form of a frustrated working drone named Peter Moore."

K.D. Hopkins


ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...The honesty of Daniel McEvilly’s performance showing both the selfish and the troubled bottles-up sides gives his character enough humanity to be credible. The exploration of a man coming to terms with real world commitments versus his creative, free-spirited instincts is dramatically presented. Fiorentino has a fresh perspective on that personal conflict. I’m sure this worthy play will spark debate (woman versus men) as to what Peter did in the play. Lucid is worth seeing. Let the debate begin."
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Tom WIlliams


Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...The direction of "Lucid" by Braden LuBell is a clever interpretation of putting the scenes together that keeps the action going. And the very clever set by Robert Shoquist allows us to move from office cubicle to "EL" to living room to bedroom with just a turn of the wall. It is built out of cubicles that have a turntable effect. Justin Wardell's lighting and Adam Smith's sound makes for a complete package. The music used is perfect at just the right moments. A tip of the hat to the prop master/designer Lindsay Monahan, who made every little prop work."

Al Bresloff


   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.
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