Good for Otto | Gift Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Good for Otto Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 7 2016

David Rabe’s new play, based on the writings and experiences of psychotherapist and self-help author Richard O’Connor, centers on the patients and staff members of a mental health clinic in the Berkshires. In long monologues and therapy sessions, several troubled souls, ranging in age from 12 to 75, recount their struggles with depression, autism, self-harm, and other problems. Their counselors, meanwhile, try to remain neutral while fighting with their own dark and bitter thoughts (not to mention the insurance companies). The large cast of Michael Patrick Thornton’s somber staging convey intelligence and compassion, but there’s something leaden and portentous about the whole thing. Maybe that's to be expected, given the subject matter. But the show's three-hour running time doesn’t exactly fly by. —Zac Thompson

Price: $35

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