Winter | Rivendell Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Winter Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 11 2017

In yet another play about an upper-middle-class woman with Alzheimer's, Utah playwright Julie Jensen covers familiar territory. Annis, a retired professor and poet, experiences frustration, terror, and despair as her mental faculties diminish. Robeck, her obsolete scientist husband, imagines denial will forestall the inevitable. Evan and Roddy, her diametrically opposite sons, pursue diametrically opposite plans to support her. And L.D., her wild card granddaughter, is the only one with adequate emotional courage to face Annis's dilemma honestly. Jensen tries to shake things up a bit by examining Annis's reasoned eagerness to commit suicide, but like most everything in this schematic drama, the issue is tidily summarized rather than dramatized. Directors Megan Carney and Mark Ulrich get strong performances from their cast, although as Annis, Barbara Robertson scales her performance to a much bigger production. —Justin Hayford

Price: $38

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