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3‘ h; '.. ¥ -I by Jacob Clark
David Aubum’s Pulitzer and Tony
Award-winning play Proof is receiving an
outstanding, definitive production by
Athena Theatre at the Flight Theatre of
the Complex. Sharpen your pencils,
Ovation Voters, and make your reserva-
“A taste of the mysteries of numbers is
exceptionally rare, ” is one of my favorite
lines from the elegantly written, intelligent
and witty play. Telling a story of family
ties, waxing love and mathematics, Proof is
one of the two masterworks of the last
decade, How I Learned to
Drive being the other. It
centers around Catherine
(Veronique Ory) who
lives & breathes
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math and science. Her blocking is liquid
art. The actors move from one gorgeous
stage picture to another. Lighting designer
Michael Begrfeld offers light that undu-
lates with life and vitality, and set designer
Danny 'Il'uxaw's depiction
of a Chicago backyard with
red brick and barren trees
is true to life, and filled
knows that she may have ' with the special atmos-
inherited her father's men- on Stage In phere of the Windy City.
tal instability as well as his peI'fOI'II1aI1CeS The acting lives and
Throughout the play, she
copes with her father's
mental decline, his death
and his legacy in the form
of over 100 workbooks
filled with gibberish - except for one. Did
the intelligent work come from his hand?
If not, who is the true genius? If she tells
the truth, what is at stake? The total trans-
formation that takes place in Catherine
life's especially from within is wondrous,
lifting Aubum’s play out of the ordinary.
Director Charlotte Gulezian has
invested this production with both the
warmth of -familial love and the elegance of
that would make
breathes on stage in per-
formances that would
make Uta Hagen proud.
Veronique Ory is giving a
season of memorable char-
acters in 2005, and this is
the best one yet.
Elena Fabri is a woman of uncommon
beauty who is also intelligent and plays
with deep feeling and a slobbed-down
appearance. As Robert, the young genius,
John Bobek mesmerizes with every ges-
ture, every word. Craig Braun plays
Robert, a genius who lapses into mental ill-
ness, with warmth and authenticity.
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