Gambit | Strawdog Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Gambit The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 24 2013

Good acting and elegant design partly compensate for fundamental flaws in the script of Ross Tedford Kendall's 80-minute one-act, receiving its world premiere from Artemisia, a theater company devoted to "female centered entertainment that challenges the perception of women." Under Julie Proudfoot's direction, Suzanne Petri plays a middle-aged attorney whose niece (Miriam Reuter), a law student, has endangered her budding career by assaulting a male professor. Over a game of chess (fueled by a few drinks), the eminently logical lawyer tries to prod her niece into explaining her seemingly irrational actions. The conversation veers into such subjects as Roe v. Wade, S-M, and capital punishment before escalating into physical violence. Kendall wants to highlight the way two women of different generations have dealt with emotional pain, but the characters' contrived backstories strain credulity. —Albert Williams

Price: $25

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