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Dinner of Our Discontent

Through 8/24: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM

You've got to give them credit for pluck. Writer/director Shayna Swanson and her cast of eight display a go-for-it attitude in this Aloft Circus Arts production featuring rowdy slapstick, a silks-style routine performed on a metal chain, and other physical feats that suggest they just don't care how much they hurt in the morning. The basic conceit is fun, too. A remount of a 2008 show, presented with a new batch of artists, Dinner of Our Discontent gives us five sisters who've gathered at their recently deceased parents' patrician manse to find out who gets what. When sibling rivalries kick in, they quite literally kick. Trouble is, going for it isn't enough. While there were some extraordinary moments—punky middle sister Dana Dugan hanging, for instance, from the head of the yuppie eldest, Leah Leor—missed tricks and fouled-up rigs proliferated on opening night. The only true refuge from sloppiness was a lovely, loving balancing act performed by Destiny Vinley and Will Howard as the dead parents. —Tony Adler $25
Chopin Theatre (map)
1543 W. Division St.
Ukrainian Village/East Village
phone 773-769-3832


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