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Feast New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: First Wednesday-Sunday of every month. Continues through Aug. 16 2015

The Albany Park Theater Project staged a version of this show about the cultural resonances of eating back in 2010. Now it's offering another serving, with an updated menu. For both the first and current Feasts, teen participants interviewed neighborhood folks on their culinary lives, then turned the results into an evening of short works. New set pieces concern eating poor, raising a cow, the romance of sugar, the magic of mole, Islamic butchery, and cooking as a form of oppression. There's charm, insight, and considerable candor here—as well as a nicely executed bit featuring girls as doll-like victims of traditional gender roles. But the production overall lacks the grace and cohesion of its predecessor. (The set design is just plain odd, its most notable feature being a big, orange, hairy ball suspended from the ceiling.) Where the original Feast stood on its own, the 2015 edition needs our goodwill to get by. —Tony Adler

Price: $10-$25

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