The Road Less Traveled | Theatre Momentum Studio | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Road Less Traveled Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through July 26 2014

Theatre Momentum's improvised piece, just under an hour long, is centered on the question "What happens to your life when you take a different path?" To start, the cast solicits audience suggestions of forks in the road; on the night I attended it was "staying in a foreign place," which was transmuted into a performance that revolved around patients, family members, and counselors at a mental hospital. Some scenes started off shaky, as can happen when creating an improvised world, but well-crafted character development and emotionally believable interplay led to both surprisingly visceral and comical moments. A blossoming unlikely friendship between a snarky suicidal patient (Bridget Visser) and a kooky, pudding-loving longtime resident scared to reenter society (Erin Monahan) was an especially touching highlight. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $10


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