A Mess of Durang | Royal George Theatre Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 2 2015

You get more than a mess when watching a work by playwright Christopher Durang, the mind also behind the Tony-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, now playing at Goodman. His characters are more like tornadoes—so many misplaced and deranged humans spiraling out of control. Edgy, but with limits. Sort of John Waters minus Divine. Here we get seven short Durang plays, but the mess really comes with ColorBox Theatre’s decision to bind the works together via a goofy 60s variety show. The choice of era kind of makes sense—Durang digs relentlessly into 1950s conservatism—but the variety show, with its songs and bad jokes, only adds a confusing and unnecessary framework. That aside, the evening provides quality farce for those craving more Durang, and it’s also worth it just to watch Elaine Small’s take on Naomi, a raving psychotic who unleashes her fury in seemingly unending waves of hysteria. —Chloe Riley

Price: $28

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