How I Became an Interesting Person | Chicago Dramatists | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

How I Became an Interesting Person Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 22 2009

Judging from the evidence presented by playwright Will Dunne in this ostensible comedy, the way to become an interesting person is to fill your life with as many sitcom-style antics as it will hold. That's the route taken by Wayne Drabowski, a kind of grown-up Charlie Brown, who reads a how-to book on becoming less dull, then moves into a crazy boardinghouse filled with colorfully insane lodgers and a hot to trot, Elaine Stritch-like landlady. Wackiness ensues. Dunne certainly shows he can pile on the high jinks (bed-hopping, sleepwalking, a murder mystery), but zany doesn't equal funny, and more often than not the play is irritating rather than interesting. Russ Tutterow's staging for Chicago Dramatists has a cartoonish energy, but it doesn't help. --Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$30


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