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The My Way Residential The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 25 2017

The labored title is the first indication that there's something off about Geraldine Aron’s play, now receiving its world premiere at the Irish Theatre of Chicago. The second indication is the play itself, which contains lots of half-baked scenes full of pretty good dialogue, but loses momentum about halfway through because Aron can’t decide whether she's telling the story of an elderly mother and her daughter, a middle-class, middle-age marriage that's falling apart, or a Driving Miss Daisy-like friendship that develops between a cranky but good-hearted senior citizen and an undocumented emigre worker in her retirement community. Aron doesn’t develop any of her story lines enough to draw us in, though director Kevin Theis and his cast of seasoned professionals do their darnedest to make us care. Belinda Bremner, in particular, plays the elderly protagonist with such winning heart and soul it makes one yearn for better material for her. —Jack Helbig

Price: $26-$30, $21-$26 students and seniors

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