Splintered Crosses | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Performing Arts Review

Splintered Crosses



The Tympanic Theatre Company performs seven short plays by four writers who take a critical view of religion. The best pieces provoke thought or laughter by examining familiar issues from a fresh perspective. In Daniel Caffrey's "The Thundercats in: Missionary Madness," Pentecostals try to convert characters from the Thundercats cartoon, while in Caffrey's more serious "Morality Play" a desperate teenage Virgin Mary contemplates an abortion. Some of the other plays feel unclear, unfocused, and unfinished. But the company deserves credit for its bold choices and for tackling a difficult topic in its debut effort. --Zac Thompson a Through 9/15: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Side Project Theatre, 1439 W. Jarvis, tympanictheatre@gmail.com, $12.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →