The Realization of Emily Linder | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 8 2016

Nearing the end of life, Emily Linder (Kathleen Ruhl) has become pushy and bitter. She is convinced she always has been. A retired French professor, she's had an operation to remove all ten of her toes and needs help getting from the wheelchair to the recliner. Her daughters, Margaret (Debra Rodkin) and Janet (KC Karen Hill), want to make her feel comfortable any way they can, including hiring a caretaker (Stephanie Shum), but Emily has bad news: she's had a premonition that she is going to die. Not only that, but she knows when it will happen—this Friday—and she wants to help plan the funeral. And she wants her toes back. Richard Strand's script, here directed for Redtwist Theatre by Hans Fleischmann, treats the agonies of family life with a healthy dose of irony, striking a wonderful balance between sober realism and delicious, whimsical lightness. Ruhl’s comedic timing is delightful, as is her winking, pitch-perfect delivery. —Max Maller

Price: $30-$35, students and seniors $25-$30


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