Two Twenty-Seven | Kennedy-King College | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Two Twenty-Seven Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 24 2014

Set in 1950s Bronzeville, Christine Houston's three-hour comedy-drama, produced by ETA Creative Arts Foundation, centers on the friendship between Mary, a loudmouthed young mother, and Cassie, another mother, whose main occupation is keeping company with Mary on the stoop of their building. The play chugs along happily on the merit of its wit as their gossipy wisecracking covers every nook of their neighbors' parenting, gambling, philandering, eating, and spending habits; meanwhile, one floor up, a supposedly blind man eavesdrops from his window, shifting in his chair with interest as if watching a soap opera. It's gratifying that the action is always where the women are—men come and go (and serve as the butts of jokes), but even their poor conduct is peripheral. The last has a price, though: when Mary receives a small comeuppance, the play's lax sense of morality makes her punishment seem at once too harsh and not harsh enough. —Jena Cutie

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