St. Scarlet | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

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Quirks, kitsch, tics, and tears combine in Julia Jordan's comedy, now receiving its midwest premiere under Rick Snyder's direction. The play revolves around three squabbling Irish-American siblings in rural Minnesota awaiting their mother's death. But Jordan doesn't so much create characters as indicate dialects--the Cummins clan speaks in a patois that's equal parts Lucky Charms Irish and Fargo, and a Brooklyn-born Italian Jew who's in love with eldest sister Rose could be an extra from The Sopranos. The plot twists are as visible in the distance as grain elevators on the northern plains, but once the cast remembers to stop shouting past one another there are some enjoyable moments, particularly from Cheryl Graeff's exasperated and thorny Rose. Through 3/26: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, 773-929-1031, $25-$30.

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