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BWW Reviews: THE SHEPHERD'S CHAMELEON, The CLF Art Cafe at The Bussey Building, May 16 2013

Ionescu sleeps and as he sleeps he dreams and those dreams conjure three versions of one man a man who is a critic a writer a thinker one man who has thought about writing about the science of writing and will tell and tell and tell Ionescu where he is going wrong so very wrong so often.

There's a lot of that kind of stuff in Utopia Theatre's The Shepherd's Chameleon, Eugene Ionescu's one-hour exploration of the rights and wrongs of writing. It's not exactly entertaining, but there are a few acerbic lines in the torrents of words and a fine performance from Lucie Chester as the hippyish version of Bartholomeus, the critic.

What to make of it all? Well, I'm no theorist, so you're probably asking the wrong person, but it's useful to reflect on what goes on inside the heads of those who bring forth the worlds we enter once sitting in the stalls. Whether it be a scientific process and whether it includes quite so many contradictions, twists and turns as the Bartholomeuses suggest - well, I don't know. One day I might write something myself and find out.

The Shepherd's Chameleon continues at the CLF Art Cafe until 25 May.

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