Frat | DANK Haus | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Frat Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: 2009

The press materials on Evan Linder's play say he based it on his own experiences as "a brother of one of the oldest fraternities in the south," and promise it will immerse us "in the secret world" of Greek life. So there's an element of the expose here. But you'll only be disappointed if you see this New Colony premiere on that account. Any secrets divulged in the course of following four pledges through "hell week" are banal, and an initiation scene comes across as sweetly, childishly silly rather than shocking. Instead, see Frat for (a) a robust environmental staging, with nothing but sharp performances; (b) an insight into the group-think, psychological cruelty, and desperate need to belong that make frat life possible; and (c) the beer, of course, available from a bar in the performance area. --Tony Adler

Price: $20 suggested donation

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