Never the Bridesmaid | Polarity Ensemble Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Never the Bridesmaid Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 7 2013

By her late 20s, Maria has already been widowed once and divorced twice. Doubting her prospects in love, she's beat a retreat back home to live with her long-married parents and egghead twin brother (student loans are his excuse). That's the setup to Bill Jepsen's new romantic comedy, which, under Richard Shavzin's direction for Polarity Ensemble Theatre, feels almost like two different plays. After the screwball first act, the play turns sober and bittersweet, focusing as much on the parents (the flawlessly matched Steve Pringle and Daria Harper) as their perpetually adolescent kids. But Lindsey Pearlman goes oddly broad as Maria, seemingly intent on vanquishing her character's sympathetic backstory with an emotionally exaggerated, annoying portrayal. –Keith Griffith

Price: $10-$19

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