Beautiful Autistic Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 13 2016

Like Interrogation, Scott Woldman’s other new play running in town, this unfortunately titled dramedy has pithy dialogue, intriguing characters, and no structure. Thus the well-spoken, intriguing characters mostly wander and dither. Woldman focuses on autistic 26-year-old Jimmy, who carries a backpack overstuffed with esoteric scientific articles and longs to have a “normal friend.” His only prospect is womanizing putz Eric, with whom he spends every evening in a Wrigleyville bar. For the bulk of two discursive acts, Jimmy does little but demonstrate typical manifestations of autism—in present and flashback scenes—while others struggle to understand and tolerate him. Most everything is dramatically inconsequential until late in the play, when the pileup of crises turns things melodramatic. Several stirring performances can’t provide the missing drama. —Justin Hayford

Price: $18, $13 students and seniors

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