Ten 2016 | Gift Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 10 2016

The Gift Theatre’s annual evening of short works features ten original playlets, plus offerings from the troupe’s improv team, live-lit series, and youth ensemble. This year’s participating playwrights include Tracy Letts, Will Eno, and Ike Holter. There’s no overarching theme to the show, but energy, intelligence, and wry compassion for human failings, anxieties, and heartaches are constants throughout. Throw in an exquisite sense of the ridiculous and you’ve got the mood of my favorite piece, Eno’s Furcher vs. the Dark. Set at a tennis match, it ends with the protagonist—an apprehensive pregnant woman—leading the other spectators, players, and us in chanting “We’re afraid!” over and over, until it becomes a kind of secular prayer. Talk about capturing the tenor of the times. —Zac Thompson


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