Office Girl | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Joe Meno is a fine writer, and his latest work, performed by the Go Cougars! ensemble, can be both witty and moving. Fresh acting by the two leads helps: James Vickery is Guy, the sad-sack vinyl-record collector who fidgets while on the night shift of a help desk, contemplating his empty life, and Kara Peterson is Odile, the imaginative girl in the next cubicle who keeps asking him to dance. But Meno needs a strong director who'll make judicious cuts, and James Van Buren isn't up to the task. Whenever the action focuses on Guy and Odile, the show borders on brilliance--but whenever it steps into the world of Guy's loser friends, it sinks into muck. Through 9/25: Thu-Sun 8 PM. Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, 312-375-3105. $12.

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