The Night Season | The Factory Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Night Season The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 24 2017

In her 2004 play about a prototypical pent-up rural Irish family—semidemented, unabashedly libidinal grandmother Lily, besotted misanthropic father Patrick, and seething, sexually frustrated sisters Maud, Rose, and Judith—British playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz borrows liberally from Pinter, Chekhov, and Martin McDonagh, among others. It makes for intriguing, well-observed characters facing potentially explosive moments, especially when handsome actor John, playing Yeats in a biopic being shot in town, takes up temporary residence and ignites dormant passions in at least two of the women. But the explosions are late and limp. Little of significant consequence happens until midway through act two, when a flurry of confessions and meltdowns springs from near left field. Director Elly Green’s fine cast deliver winning moments—far more winning than the story they’re meant to support. —Justin Hayford

Price: $30


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