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After the Dance Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2016

This 1939 drawing-room drama by British writer Terence Rattigan (The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, Separate Tables) concerns dissolute middle-aged socialites David and Joan Scott-Fowler, whose marriage seems to be a model of fashionable frivolity until David falls in love with his young cousin's fiancee, with tragic results. Not one of Rattigan's best works, the play is nonetheless an effective period piece—a portrait of carefree "bright young things" of the 1920s as they ungracefully age while their world slips inexorably toward another world war. Runcible Theatre Company's intimate staging (apparently the script's Chicago premiere) features strong performances under Andrew Root's direction. With his quick, nervous smile, Layne Manzer is especially compelling as the conflicted David, a weak, shallow, privileged alcoholic torn between his loyalty to his wife and the new sense of purpose he finds in his romance with a younger woman. —Albert Williams

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