El Stories | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

El Stories The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays. Continues through June 14 2014

The CTA's ability to bring together disparate types of people—whether they like it or not—is celebrated in this Waltzing Mechanics show, the 15th installment in a series reenacting real-life public-transit tales gleaned from interviews with ordinary Chicagoans. The show has an LGBT theme this time around; we see thugs calling a gay guy ugly names, a drag queen throwing punches, and a sourpuss getting a faceful of confetti during Pride Weekend. The cast puts it over with energy and a genuine feel for the rhythms of everyday speech. But the sketches are pretty repetitive (again and again, it's the squares vs. the fabulous), and the unexamined class tensions between the various riders feel like the pink elephant in the train car. —Zac Thompson

Price: $20


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