The Four of Us | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Four of Us The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2010

Itamar Moses is just one hell of a playwright, and this coy little game of a play benefits from his extraordinary wit. But it could've benefited more if he'd done a better job of exploiting the Stoppardian possibilities he built into it. The Four of Us follows two friends--David and Benjamin--forward and backward in time, encompassing their first summer together at music camp, a trip to Prague, college dorm visits, and the competition that divides them after school, when Benjamin becomes a novelist and David a playwright. A metatheatrical element kicks in when we find out that David's written a play about those very experiences. It doesn't lead to much that's exciting, though. In the end we have to settle for the limited pleasures Moses provides, along with sharp performances by Usman Ally as David and Collin Geraghty as Benjamin in a solid production directed by Jeremy Wechsler. --Tony Adler

Price: $15-$30