The Gin Game | Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Gin Game The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2017

S.L. Colburn’s 1977 two-act two-hander, about two prickly senior citizens who forge a friendship of sorts while playing gin in a retirement community, is by turns funny, moving, and way too drawn-out. Even when performed by top-flight eminences of a certain age—Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in the 70s, Charles Durning and Julie Harris in the 90s—the play drags and disappoints. Here it's performed by Chicago stalwarts (and real-life married couple) Paula Scrofano and John Reeger and directed by Ross Lehman, but while the actors comedy and heart into the thin material, their sweet, quirky sparking only makes the play's rough, unresolved ending seem all the more a cop-out. —Jack Helbig

Price: $38-$55

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