What drew director Max Truax to Heiner Muller’s forbidding “Hamletmachine”? Until Trap Door’s current production, it hadn’t been performed in Chicago since 2001, when an Argentine company did its puppet adaptation here.
I like weird. Especially oddball venues, which catapult even the most jaded viewer into fresh ways of seeing theater. They can’t redeem a production, but they’re pretty much guaranteed to boost the interest.1. Basements: instant horror story.
A word to the wise from Matt Hawkins: To fly, first suspend disbelief. With your rediscovered courage (or stupidity), push yourself. The movement director of Lookingglass Theatre’s “Peter Pan (A Play)” says he spent the show’s first two workshop days teaching the actors “to play, and play hard.