The Xylophone West | Red Tape Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Xylophone West Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Sat., March 10, Thursdays-Sundays and April 2-4. Continues through April 4 2012

Maybe the national discourse surrounding antigay bullying would be more constructive if we dropped the schoolyard term and called it what it actually is: abuse. Alex Lubischer's confrontational and unnerving new drama helps to bridge that vernacular gap by lifting the stakes to where they should be. Two closeted teens endure adolescent malice from their private school peers before deciding that they've had enough. Their solution: forgo seeking help from complacent faculty and ride the rails out to homo-friendly Hollywood. Fine Print and director Josh Sobel distinguish their show from the wider agitprop It Gets Better narrative by folding inner demons—corrosive resentment, mostly—in as an antagonist. Some overstylized flourishes suggest room for growth, but sophisticated relationship work makes the occasional decadence easy to overlook. —Dan Jakes

Price: $20-$25


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