Chapter Two | Windy City Playhouse | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 20 2015

Neil Simon attempted to channel his own real-life despair after the death of his first wife into this 1977 dramedy about two destined lovers recovering from past relationships. Jennie, a recently divorced actress, is prodded by her friend to accept a date with George, a Simon-like neurotic writer. The content, which nods at the complexities of just "moving on," is an odd pairing with the tone: the one-two-punch witticisms and cadence feels straight out of the 60s. Jessica Thebus's production for Windy City Players is about as capable and professional as anyone could hope for, but at two and a half hours, the show doesn't feature enough of Amy J. Carle and Peter DeFaria's genuinely funny adulterous subplot to prevent the rest from feeling like an exercise in romantic inevitability. —Dan Jakes

Price: $25-$45


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