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The Last Yankee


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In Arthur Miller's most recent play, Finishing the Picture, a husband whom we understand to be Miller throws up his hands and admits he can't save his deeply depressed wife, whom we understand to be Marilyn Monroe. Until I saw The Last Yankee I had no idea what a breakthrough this admission was for Miller. First performed in 1993, The Last Yankee concerns two couples with wives depressed enough to have been committed. One of them is so bad off she's on her third cure. And yet Miller tries to tell us that a little trust will put things back on track. Pure magical thinking. Sweet, well-written denial. The Last Yankee makes you appreciate the honesty of Finishing the Picture, but that's not reason enough to see it--especially in this vague and awkward production directed by Michael Colucci. Roslyn Alexander's charming tap dance isn't reason enough either. Through 12/12: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Sun 12/5 and 12/12, 3 and 7 PM. No show Thu 11/25. Actors Workshop Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-728-7529. $15.

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