Ten Dollar House | Piccolo Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Ten Dollar House The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 31 2016

Down-low star-crossed lovers are a perennial theme at Pride Films & Plays, and this nonfiction 1930s historical drama by Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer is no different. Risking ill-repute and financial ruin, a London transplant saves an ancestral rock cottage in a dying Wisconsin town from bank demolition with a $10 payment. In Michael D. Graham's production, the investment and renovation is presented as an excuse for Bob Neal to woo Edgar Hellum, a fellow artist and handyman hiding his own taboo proclivities. The source material is a genuinely inspiring story about gay trailblazers opting to create a refined paradise where they damn well pleased, even if the show itself gets caught in the perfunctory trappings of biographical storytelling. —Dan Jakes

Price: $22-$27, $17-$22 students and seniors

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