Rewind | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Rewind The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 20 2009

Laura Eason's tender, mournful portrait of fleeting glory and damaged souls in the indie-rock world moves in reverse chronology from 1998 to 1981, placing a burden on the actors, who have to believably grow younger and less jaded as the show progresses. Under Anna Bahow's precise direction, that backward transit feels unforced, even if some of the scenes have a rock-n-roll-101 quality. Eason has a strong handle on the personality clashes, but it would be nice to see onstage a bit more of the raw joy that gets people into bands in the first place. Truthful performances yield a flawed but moving time capsule, providing a look at chances in life that are both lost and tossed away. --Kerry Reid

Price: $10-$20


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