Good Enough | Center on Halsted | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Mondays, Tuesdays. Continues through May 22 2012

Do-gooder art is usually little more than well-meaning artlessness. Erasing the Distance's mission, to "shed light on mental health issues through theater," was enough to make me wary of this new piece—especially since it offers the jolly prospect of five monologues about "remarkable women living with depression or bipolar disorder." But the 70-minute show has all the emotional sweep and intellectual rigor of great art. Directed with graceful precision by Genevieve Thompson, Good Enough gives us five meticulous performers who tell simple, first-person stories chronicling the isolation, agony, and chaos that mental illness can bring. Each story ends with a triumphant victory over affliction (it's do-gooder art, after all), but the performers' understated candor makes every moment ring true. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$30

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