The Spitfire Grill | Windy City Cafe | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Spitfire Grill Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 5 2018

In a small-town diner, a woman overcomes her traumatic past to discover the beautiful things in life. A musical adaptation of the 1996 film, The Spitfire Grill has much in common with Broadway’s Waitress: The Musical, another adaptation that addresses similar themes and puts women in the spotlight. Performed in Ukrainian Village's Windy City Cafe, Refuge Theatre Project’s production benefits from the ambience of a real restaurant, and director Christopher Pazdernik accomplishes a lot with minimal stage space and stripped-down technical elements. The second act is a rush of undercooked plot points, but the production is saved by the bond between Percy (Lauren Paris) and Shelby (Emily Goldberg), whose tender friendship gives them the strength to self-actualize. Their emotional highs counteract the shortcomings of the material, filling the cafe with warmth and compassion. —Oliver Sava

Price: $30

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