Visionfest 2009: Six Worlds on One Street Corner Closing (Theater and Galleries) New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 15 2009

The folks at LiveWire Chicago Theatre conducted an online poll to determine the theme for their annual shorts festival, and "street corner" carried the day. There's a lot of potential there, but the pieces almost all hit a dead end. The best is BE by Erin Barlow, which provides a charming snapshot of a couple on their first date. Monica Dionysiou's Sarah is an emo version of Annie Hall, and Joel Ewing's Dave is patient and bemused by her self-lacerating chatter. James Armstrong's Canceling Christmas takes on an intriguing subject--the Canterbury Christmas riots of 1647, when Oliver Cromwell really did declare war on Christmas--but fails to develop it beyond a crude, Ren Faire-esque sketch. Joshua Weinstein's droll introductions turn out to be the liveliest and most honest part of the evening. --Kerry Reid

Price: $15

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