End Days | Windy City Playhouse | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

End Days The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 3 2015

The Steins have been traumatized on an epic level. Until September 11, 2001, father Arthur was a senior vice president at a big Manhattan company with offices in the World Trade Center. Then his job "blew up," as he phrases it in Deborah Zoe Laufer's sweet, insufferable End Days. When the towers fell, 65 of his colleagues went with them. Now, two years later, unemployed Arthur occupies an apartment located someplace that's not New York. He sleeps all day, stays up all night, wears PJs around the clock, and refuses to go out even to buy groceries. While Arthur wastes amiably away, the two women in his life pursue their own mishegas. Sixteen-year-old daughter Rachel is fairly normal, really: she just dresses goth, acts surly, and smokes dope. But wife Sylvia has gotten religion with a vengeance. She not only accepts Jesus as her personal savior, she hallucinates him on a regular basis. The Nazarene hangs with her when she pickets adult video stores ("Please," says her sign, "stop the porn and be reborn"), gives her shoulder rubs when she's inching toward hysteria, and—most miraculously—buys her Starbucks. Continue reading >>

Price: $15-$30

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