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Pilgrim's Progress The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 13 2015

Chicago playwright Brett Neveu has received nearly unrivaled attention on local stages (not long ago, four of his plays opened in a single season). Yet mainstream success has eluded him, in large part, I imagine, because his ineluctable, often seemingly plotless scripts withhold the sort of narrative ease and emotional transparency theater audiences love. And given the hyperbolic media interest he surely knew A Red Orchid Theatre's premiere of his new full-length play Pilgrim's Progress would generate (not, mind you, because A Red Orchid has one of the most accomplished ensemble's in town but because one particular ensemble member in the cast, Michael Shannon, has made some movies and is thus deemed more worth staring at than when he was just a great local actor), this should have been Neveu's moment to cash in. But happily, Pilgrim's Progress is about as perplexing as anything he's written. Continue reading >>

Price: $30-$35


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