Funeral Wedding (The Alvin Play) | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Performing Arts Review

Funeral Wedding (The Alvin Play)


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


Emily Schwartz's new black comedy, produced by Scott Dray Productions and the Strange Tree Group, is set in early-20th-century America. A rambling novel of a play, it features garrulous, often charming characters, Dickensian plot twists, caustic comments on modern life, two ghosts, and a macabre story touching on pedophilia, incest, suicide, and murder. The most charming character of all is Alvin (played with quivering emotion by Matthew Holzfeind), who locked himself in the attic years earlier after witnessing a grisly incident. As long as the play focuses on rabbity Alvin and his nervous, whimsical habits, it's enchantingly funny. But when it turns to other characters in the twisted story, it loses its way. Through 6/17: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 5 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, second-floor studio theater, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500, $12-$15, industry shows Thu and Sun.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment