What Once We Felt | Center on Halsted | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

What Once We Felt Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 6 2010

"A biting satire with dystopian leanings" is how Macy, the eager novelist of Ann Marie Healy's play, describes her book. And that appears to be what Healy is aiming for, too, with this tale set in a brave, new women-only world where one is either an elite "keeper" or a menial "tradepack," and only the former are allowed to "download" a baby. Healy falls short, though, largely because the fate of Macy's book (the last to be published on paper) is less interesting than the subplots. There are sharp comic turns by Patricia Kane as Macy's agent and Elizabeth Laidlaw as a scheming publisher's assistant. But, despite some clever staging choices by Krissy Vanderwarker, the necessary air of menace gets lost in the mix. --Kerry Reid

Price: $15-$25

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