Loose Knit | Public House Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Loose Knit The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through July 29 2017

Somewhere between the convent and the sanatorium, in the days before Sex and the City and the pussy hat made salacious gossip and handcrafted knitwear trendy, lies the all-girl knitting group Theresa Rebeck portrays in Loose Knit. This small society of hysterics contains sisters, spinsters, sociopaths, and psychologists (well, one), all confined to the repetitive labor of knit and purl as they nurse their rage against the patriarchy. Two men penetrate the hive—ineffectual adulterer Bob and rich, arrogant Miles—naturally objects of both desire and loathing. The play’s best moments show structural flaws unraveling, well done by an ensemble that agrees upon a tone of would-be Stepford wives let loose in a world rife with the false allure of dating services and respectable careers. Its own structural weakness is the contrived tokenism with which viewers are presumably meant to identify. —Irene Hsiao

Price: $20

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