The Story of My Life | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Story of My Life The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 2 2011

Chicago Muse, a company devoted to presenting new musicals, debuts with this one-act about two men--Tom, a bestselling writer, and Alvin, a small-town bookstore owner--whose close childhood friendship veers off course as they grow into adulthood. When Tom's stories about his childhood experiences make him a celebrity, he loses touch with his roots and drops out of contact with Alvin--until it's too late and Alvin dies under mysterious circumstances. This earnest, heartfelt, but monotonous show is essentially a collection of musical monologues by skillful songwriter Neil Bartram, tied together by Brian Hill's contrived, formulaic script. Staged by Broadway veteran Richard Maltby Jr., this slick production features a dynamic performance by Jack Noseworthy as the guilt-ridden Tom. Davis Duffield does as well as can be expected with the passive-aggressive role of Alvin. --Albert Williams

Price: $46-$56