Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them | Collaboraction | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 31 2015

In ideal children's literature, parents rarely appear, and they're never important when they do. A. Rey Pamatmat's 2011 play, presented by First Floor Theater, takes that principle to its limit: the stage is hermetically sealed against grown-ups. Instead we find ourselves alone in the remote countryside with headstrong, sanctimonious 12-year-old Edith; her teenage brother, Kenny; and Kenny's boyfriend, Benji. This careful setup, however, is to no avail when there are zero problems for the kids to solve (not to mention lots of clumsy foreshadowing). Sure, there's the issue of the estranged father staying in town with his girlfriend. But his absence isn't mysterious to his children, who aren't anxious for a reunion in any case. And the boys' mission of sexual discovery is undercut by Benji's depiction as an amalgam of awkward, nerdy, and florid mannerisms, along with a lot of grindingly boring canoodling. —Jena Cutie

Price: $20


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