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The Killer
The Killer

The Killer
Trap Door Theatre
Thru - Jul 6, 2019

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Chicago Tribune- Recommended

"...Though the ensemble work is solid throughout, this production rests mostly on Bisto’s shoulders, and his performance alone is reason enough for fans of Ionesco (or the Ionesco-curious) to check it out. By the end of the play, he delivers a long monologue (reminiscent of the “other” Berenger’s speech in “Rhinoceros”) in which he tries to reason with the faceless killer, only to realize that the corrupting force of collective apathy is the true murderous presence. It’s a bravura end to a show that occasionally confounds but often entrances — and one that is emblematic of what Trap Door continues to do so well."
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Kerry Reid



Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended

"...The automaton-like behatted and trench-coated types performing an endless pantomime throughout the play communicate Ionesco's critique of modern life much more effectively than the lengthy philosophical harangues that punctuate it. As with almost every Trap Door production I've ever been to, this one is chock-full of expressive moments and striking staging, but after a time, Ionesco's words start sounding like nails on a chalkboard. I kept waiting for the quiet moments where Berenger and the rest of the ghoulish citizens of this nameless city go through the motions of their sad lives. The cry in these movements hits a lot closer than a thousand shouted syllables."
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Dmitry Samarov



Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...Audiences who normally find his works obscure might feel more comfortable with him after numerous opportunities for exposure and obvious topicality. Grim though Ionesco’s vision of the world is, he does allow The Killer to end on a somewhat cathartic note, as Bčrenger is allowed to confront the ultimate manifestation of evil and maintain his own humanity. Ionesco leaves it to the audience to decide whether Bčrenger is left alone."
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Jacob Davis



Third Coast Review- Somewhat Recommended

"...Another set piece is an extended chilling ballet in which seven characters in long overcoats and fedoras prance, march, stalk and prowl the stage. The Killer fulfills Ionesco’s goal of keeping us perplexed and possibly even annoyed at his misdirection."
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Nancy Bishop



Chicago On Stage- Recommended

"...The Killer is not a simple, easy play, and it’s not for everyone. It is not sweet by any stretch of the imagination, but then with a title like that you wouldn’t expect it to be. It is powerful, sometimes comic, ultimately very dark and relentless in its surreal portrayal of a city that has lost its soul. Ionesco’s message here is sadly applicable to an America that is slowly allowing itself to be consumed by the spreading darkness of our current era. You can build a radiant city or a vibrant democracy, but you have to be willing to fight to maintain it. Indifference just allows the corruption in, and if everyone knows of the evil but does nothing about it, it will flourish."
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Karen Topham