Knocking up the Mob | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Knocking up the Mob The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 8 2015

After a drunken night of passion leads to an unplanned pregnancy with a former high school classmate whose father happens to be in the mob, the effeminate Josh Bailey accepts an offer he can’t refuse. Our gay, black hero hires a "straight coach" to help him convince the quasi-Corleone clan otherwise. But he encounters trouble when a private investigator threatens to blow his cover. Cliches abound as writer-director Rick Watkins’s quirky comedy-drama about the meaning of family—ostensibly taking its cues from La Cage aux Folles—requires a heavy dose of suspended disbelief for two-plus hours. Donald Barnes’s performance as the straight-talking Latisha Murray gives this small production a much-needed burst of comic nuance, but Knocking's awkward tendencies and its emphasis on cultural stereotypes spell doom almost from the start. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $40

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