Hoist | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Hoist The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 7 2015

The best thing about Erin Lane’s heavy-duty new play—about a female soldier’s inability to recover from the trauma of rape and a teenage girl’s readiness to capitulate to rape culture—is that it’s full of things to hate. Lane populates her 100-minute one-act with characters driven by selfishness, stubbornness, and blind habit, trapping themselves in lives as intractably barren as the dead-end Chicago bar where they spend all their time. Bad choices abound, sprouts of altruism wither, and Lane never tells an audience where to place their sympathies. In short, she puts life onstage. Her loose plot wanders down a few cul-de-sacs, but there’s no mistaking the work’s cumulative power, especially in director Cheryl Snodgrass’s unflinching staging for the Wheelhouse and Foundlings Theatre. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25


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