Learning Curve | Ellen Gates Starr High School | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2016

One of the first flashbacks I experienced walking into Ellen Gates Starr High School, the fictional setting of this Albany Park Theater Project production in the remains of the closed Saint Hyacinth Basilica, is just how goddamn rude authority figures can be to teenagers. Many ambitious Chicago companies have asked audiences to trudge up and down the stairs of community centers/churches/schools in the service of site specificity, but few have done so with the impact of this experiential meditation on young-adult life. Directed with an assist from Brooklyn's Third Rail Project, 33 youth artists usher small groups through a poetic view of their days. There are some magnificently transcendent moments—like being asked, as an adult, over a paper game of MASH, surrounded by the smell of a real classroom, to dream about your future. —Dan Jakes

Price: $40

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