Language of Angels | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 26 2017

Like many classic ghost stories with circuitous story lines, there’s no shortage of characters in playwright Naomi Iizuka’s eerie tale of loss and regret. Everyone has a connection to a missing girl named Celie (Jenna Liddle), who haunts the people who knew her best. Invariably, these former friends suffer debilitating denial, insanity, or premature death—one domino after the next, as you might expect. Though it stumbles out of the gate, this production from the Cuckoo’s Theater Project in collaboration with Redtwist Theatre can be delightfully suspenseful. Moody lighting plays up the huddling-around-the-campfire-feel, which is an asset here. A live music component tends to be disagreeable, but it’s somewhat redeemed by standout acting and direction, the latter by Marc James, who deserves credit for deftly navigating lots of bodies in a cozy space. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $20


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