The Last Act of Lilka Kadison | Lookingglass Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Last Act of Lilka Kadison Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 21 2011

Cranky 87-year-old Lilka bickers with her home health aide while the ghost of her first lover demands that she acknowledge his significance in her life. When she was 17, he drew Lilka out as an artist, knocked her up, and helped her escape the Holocaust--all in less than a week. Literally written by committee, this new script deploys some formulaic tropes. But the results are funny, poignant, and romantic, thanks largely to a stellar cast, designer Tracy Otwell's charming toy-theater sequences, and the wonder cabinet of a set crafted by Jacqueline and Richard Penrod. As the health aide, Usman Ally uses his characteristic intelligence, intensity, and wit to provide crucial leavening. --Dan Weissmann

Price: $20-$34

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