The Little Flower of East Orange | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Little Flower of East Orange The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2016

Eclipse Theatre Company closes out its Stephen Adly Guirgis season with this 2008 gut punch about a dysfunctional family on the brink of absolute hell. A narcissistic, newly sober screw-up recalls, Glass Menagerie style, his personal failings expressing and receiving compassion from his sister and ailing mother during key days in a Bronx hospital room. Guirgis isn't the first playwright to take special pleasure in turning the thumbscrews on his characters and audience, or the first to wade into shame and borderline misanthropy; not unlike Conor McPherson, though, he does so for the higher purpose of illuminating grace where it matters most. Steve Scott's exceptionally cast production makes stellar use of Strawdog ensemble member John Henry Roberts as the narrator coming to terms with his choices. —Dan Jakes

Price: $30, $20 students and seniors

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