The American Plan | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The American Plan Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 26 2012

Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, Richard Greenberg's 1990 play depicts the doomed love affair of Lili, a wealthy neurotic, and golden boy Nick, who’s not what he seems—i.e., rich and straight. Another obstacle to romance is Lili's imperious mother, Eva, a Holocaust survivor determined not to let Lili get away. Though Greenberg's turns of phrase can sound overworked and self-consciously epigrammatic, his handling of these three wounded, wary characters is sensitive and insightful. Robin Witt's staging for the Artistic Home suffers from a lack of depth. Margaret Katch's Lili is arch and affected, and the motives behind Eva's scheming get lost in Kathy Scambiatterra's wicked-witch-like interpretation. Only Nick Horst, as Lili's suitor, conveys a sense of desperation beneath a sunny veneer. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$20


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