Crushed | Public House Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays. Continues through Aug. 25 2016

If you happen not to be interested in the Cubs, just down the street from Wrigley Field you’ll find this show, a series of tales of love and loss. However overdone the premise might be, the work here is lively and smart. Six actors enact a range of characters and scenarios, from a May-December pair to a girl-dog romance to the most excruciating proposal fail ever. My favorite was a younger man hitting on an older woman, assuring her that his sister taught him to stay "woke" because he believes “females should have agency.” “Please don’t say 'females,'” she replies quickly. This is just one of many lines in a script as funny as it is surprising. However fashionable it is to trash millennials these days (um, guilty) there’s wisdom here, and insight into the ways an evolving (or devolving) culture shapes the contemporary experience of finding and losing love. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $10

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