Girlfriend | Zoo Studio | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 19 2013

The uncritical embrace of woman-without-a-man pathos, among other rom-com tropes, is the engine that drives this Keely Flynn script, about two twentysomething BFFs. It's terrain regularly traveled in pop culture, from Sex and the City to Girls; unlike the women in those shows, though, Flynn's girlfriends don't seem to like each other very much. When Caro lands a role in Romeo and Juliet, Anna can't keep her jealousy in check, and the idea that they need each other at all relies on various cliches of female theater-people bonding, rather than the complicated realities of friendship. Given the low-stakes setup, the best parts of this are played as sketch comedy. The rest falls flat, with a script that takes on various plot twists and detours into farce and puppetry—more than Amy Buckler's 90-minute production can handle. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $15-$20


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