Our Dad Is in Atlantis | 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Our Dad Is in Atlantis Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 21 2011

There's a lot of potential in this two-hander by Mexican writer Javier Malpica, about young brothers whose father goes off to work in El Norte after their mother dies. It's got vibrant, sympathetic characters and a situation fraught with dramatic possibilities. But Malpica never manages to build a compelling story around those assets. Instead he gives us tiny slices of daily life in which the rootless, lonely boys are shipped from one set of relatives to another before finally deciding to find dad. Director Ann Filmer tries hard to breathe life into the show, and Remy Ortiz and Todd Garcia have a great onstage chemistry--they're convincing even though they're at least a decade older than the children they play. Ultimately, however, all of their good work is undermined by the weak script. --Jack Helbig

Price: $18

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