American Hwangap | Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

American Hwangap The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 1 2017

The Korean tradition of celebrating hwangap, a 60th birthday, provides an opportunity to reflect on one's legacy and appreciate the blessings of a life long-lived; it's also a recipe for a postmidlife crisis. For Min Suk Chun, a Korean immigrant who abandoned his wife and three children to move back to South Korea from Texas, the milestone is decidedly the latter. With the permission of his estranged wife, Chun returns to the States for a reunion, albeit an icy one. Lloyd Suh’s heartfelt domestic drama is a touching, challenging work that makes an earnest case for giving second chances where second chances are absolutely not deserved. Helen Young's Halcyon Theatre staging, a coproduction with A-Squared Theatre, doesn't quite reach the emotional depths Suh's text suggest, but it's a thoughtful, uplifting 90 minutes. —Dan Jakes

Price: free-$20

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