Thinner Than Water | Gift Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Thinner Than Water Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 25 2014

Playwright Melissa Ross has a gift for creating vivid, believable characters. So do the folks at the Gift Theatre, as evidence by this riveting production, packed with pitch-perfect performances. For two solid hours we watch an unhappy trio of selfish, emotionally stunted adult siblings bicker, bite, and slowly fall apart as their despised father slowly dies of cancer. It's not an easy play to watch—especially on a beautiful spring day—but Ross captures well the downward spiral of three characters who hate themselves almost as much as they despise each other. John Gawlik's direction is inspired, and his ensemble, led by Brittany Burch, Lynda Newton, and Michael Patrick Thornton, astonishes with one virtuoso display after another. —Jack Helbig

Price: $20-$35


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