Women in Jeopardy | First Folio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 25 2018

Directed by Janice L. Blixt, this production of Wendy MacLeod’s dark comedy about two friends who become convinced a third is dating a serial killer is unsettling—but not in a good way. MacLeod tells her story well, her witty dialogue feels unforced, and her script is packed with quirky, well-drawn characters. But something is amiss in Blixt’s production. The performances feel restrained, the actors not fully committed to the material; again and again the cast deliver lines that could win big laughs, and instead they only earn polite titters. Even performers who usually kill on stage, like Joe Foust, who plays two roles—a creepy dentist and a depressed police sergeant—are merely OK. Only Hayley Burgess, playing a spoiled millennial stereotype, consistently earns big laughs. —Jack Helbig

Price: $34-$44, $29-$39 students and senior

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