Going to a Place Where You Already Are | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Going to a Place Where You Already Are The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 23 2017

A couple of years ago, the Pew Research Center confirmed that the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans has risen significantly over the last decade. For a culture that already isn't great at having conversations about end-of-life issues, that's just a further wrench in how folks emotionally prepare for the inevitable. With shades of Calderón's 17th-century allegory Life Is a Dream, Bekah Brunstetter's 2016 drama follows an avowed atheist couple's spiritual splintering after Roberta (Kathleen Ruhl) receives a stage-four cancer diagnosis. Her newfound faith is met with passive discomfort from her granddaughter and—inexplicably—totally unsympathetic condescension and a sense of personal betrayal from her husband. Matt Hawkins's Redtwist Theatre production makes a clear-eyed case for faith even if Brunstetter's script relies too heavily on a straw man to do it. —Dan Jakes

Price: $30-$35, $25-$30 students and seniors


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