Chicago

James Grigsby, Sharon Evans, Carmela Rago

MoMing

Wit was the instrument by which these three gifted performers, whose styles are very different, transformed subjective revelation into public presentation in this program of three disparate works. Sharon Evans’ character recitation seemed autobiographical, while Carmela Rago’s protagonist was invented but tied to the artist’s zany charm. Only James Grigsby was more distanced in.his impersonation of performers. If the revelation of emotion was the primary agenda, a delicate balance of narrative performance and acting provided the structural framework of the three works—Grigsby’s Mummenkleid, Evans’ Wild things, wild games, and Rago’s Living in the Midwest. The critical frame that binds these individuals may have been arbitary, but they were brought together as three of Chicago’s best performance artists. Grigsby and especially Rago, who have toured together as “A Couple from Chicago,” are

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