Hillary and Clinton | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Hillary and Clinton The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 1 2016

Lucas Hnath's studiously peculiar new piece is less a play than a speculation in script form, exploring one of the great mysteries of our time: What keeps the Clintons together? The rules of Hnath's thought experiment are stated at the outset, when Hillary informs us that what we're about to see doesn't take place in our world but in an alternate reality where it's 2008 and a female former senator and first lady coincidentally named Hillary Clinton happens to be seeking her party's nomination for the presidency. The rest of the 90 minutes shows us a sleepless, poorly polling candidate (Cheryl Lynn Bruce, looking not at all like our Hillary) strategizing with her campaign manager, dickering with her rival, and—most particularly—coping with her canny, compulsively underhanded husband. William Boles's white-on-white set and Chay Yew's intentionally static staging can become soporific at times, but there's something weirdly compelling about Hnath's alien Bill and Hill, something ennobling about his notion that in some universe theirs is a love story. —Tony Adler

Price: $20-$60


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