Empanada for a Dream | 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Empanada for a Dream The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 23 2013

In this solo autobiographical show, Juan Francisco Villa spends 80 anguished minutes on how harrowing it was to grow up in an East Village tenement with a family of cutthroat cocaine dealers. But, improbably, he doesn't make a convincing case. His unfocused script lurches from anecdote to fever dream to anecdote with little sense of progression, giving equal weight to the cataclysmic and the inconsequential. Similarly, his undisciplined performance offers such consistently one-note histrionics that it's hard to take anything seriously, let alone keep his various family members straight. Most disappointing, Villa seems more interested in self-pity than self-understanding. It's clear he's got great stories to tell; director Alex Levy should've encouraged him to just tell them. —Justin Hayford

Price: $14-$18

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