Sixty Miles to Silver Lake Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 27 2012

The author of this 80-minute two-hander, Dan LeFranc, also wrote The Big Meal, which premiered to raves at Chicago's American Theater Company in 2011. Spanning decades, The Big Meal follows a man and woman through their life together—courtship, marriage, parenthood, and senescence—the hook being that each milestone unfolds at a restaurant, over a meal. Sixty Miles uses a similar conceit: we watch a divorced father and his son, Denny, hash out their relationship during years of car rides, mostly to and from soccer games. But where The Big Meal plays out chronologically across a number of scenes, Sixty Miles collapses time and the rides themselves into a single, fraught journey. Now Denny is an annoying teen, now a frightened child, now an adult. Thanks in large part to strong performances by Sean Bolger and Ethan Dubin, much of what goes on feels cringingly true. But I also felt the limitations of LeFranc's narrative gimmick, which creates lots of confusion along the way. —Tony Adler

Price: $15-$25

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