Eat Your Heart Out | Rivendell Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 12 2014

As all-too-often-wired technology mongers, we can find ourselves as anxious at the absence of that great connector, the smartphone, as at the pause before a first kiss. Courtney Baron’s comedy revels in those little life spasms, juxtaposing characters’ wants and needs in a veritable ballet of what it means to tromp through the daily grind of just plain existing. Regina Garcia’s versatile set makes us feel like we’re peering into a diorama, a little window into the five characters’ lives. And the play’s basic building blocks—daughter hates mother, couple wants baby, boy gets rejected—are launched into orbit through Baron’s sharp, pointed writing and the cast’s electric delivery. Anne Joy gives a particularly nuanced performance as Evie, a resentful, overweight teen who trips into love via sarcasm. Sometimes, the show says, it’s better to be pushed than never to fall at all. —Chloe Riley

Price: $30

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