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  The Talking Cure at Rivendell Theatre

The Talking Cure

Rivendell Theatre
5775 N. Ridge Avenue Chicago

The play explores the life of Sabina Spielrein. A brilliant young "hysteric," Spielrein was Carl Jung's first patient, and eventual colleague, as he sought to refine the "talking cure" method of treatment proposed by his adopted mentor, Sigmund Freud. Traditional notions are shattered when Sabina begins to blaze her own trail and a forbidden journey into repressed passions unfolds as patient and doctor cross the ultimate boundary, becoming lovers. Under the creeping shadow of two World Wars, all three are drawn into a complex web of rivalries and dark desires that will eventually give birth to modern psychoanalysis - as well as its first great schism.

Presented by Idle Muse Theatre Company

Thru - Mar 22, 2015

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm



Price: $15-$20

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-340-9438

www.IdleMuse.org



  The Talking Cure Reviews
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  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Their affair and Spielrein's influence on Jung's thinking are Hampton's primary concerns, but the characters are all head, no heart. Evan Jackson's staging for Idle Muse Theatre Company feels stuffy and remote, and each cast member has been saddled with an almost comically thick German or Russian accent. The only sparks of feeling come from Caty Gordon's spunky Sabina."
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Zac Thompson


Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...Thanks to Evan Jackson’s masterful direction, Doolin’s Jung and Mahler’s Freud run the playwright’s fascinating gamut very well indeed. Gordon’s divided and divisive Sabina becomes a living ghost who inspires and defies the new psycho-science. Delusions and revelations abound–and once again theater proves that it’s the ultimate “talking cure.”"
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Lawrence Bommer


Chicago Stage Standard - Not Recommended

"...Yet, it is this production’s very existence that galls the soul. With all the subversive, stimulating work being done by local playwrights, the act of producing a middle aged work by a populist British playwright that has already been made into a high profile movie seems aggressively tone-deaf. There is no modern relevance in The Talking Cure. It is history as intrigue, two and a half hours of psychoanalytic pillow talk that never even gets to foreplay."

Kevin Greene


The Fourth Walsh - Somewhat Recommended

"...THE TALKING CURE mixes history and psychology in this true story of psychoanalysis roots. It’s especially fascinating from Jung’s perspective since Freud became more legendary over the generations. Although I thought it could be tighter, I enjoyed my therapy session."
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Katy Walsh


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