Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner, a Sort of Love Story | Mercury Theater Chicago | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 1 2018

Alan Zweibel's wonderful 1997 memory play, which he adapted from his own book about his 14-year friendship with comedian Gilda Radner, is funny and poignant in equal measure in director Warner Crocker's beautifully acted staging. Zweibel and Radner met in 1975 on the set of Saturday Night Live, for which Radner was a performer and Zweibel a writer. Zweibel has smartly structured his comedy as a fast-paced sketch revue a la SNL. This allows him to focus on his story's emotional essence while avoiding maudlin sentimentality, even when the play addresses painful matters such as Radner's struggle with bulimia and her final bout with ovarian cancer before she died in 1989. As Radner and Zweibel—two insecure, deeply emotional, whip-smart wisecrackers who were too much alike to ever completely mesh—Dana Tretta and Jackson Evans are engaging, spontaneous, and believable; Jason Grimm rounds out the cast in a string of marvelously caricatured supporting roles. —Albert Williams

Price: $30-$55

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