The Bird Sanctuary | McKaw Theater | Stand-Up | Chicago Reader
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The Bird Sanctuary

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 17 2009
Price: $15
Lynne MacMahon's hour-long one-act, directed by Adam Webster, alternates between interactive scenes and storytelling monologues to examine the disconnect between what people say to their loved ones and what they really think. The play's focus is on two heterosexual couples whose frayed emotional bonds never quite reach the breaking point. Though MacMahon's way with words is confident and elegant, her characters never quite ring true, and the injection of such plot elements as domestic abuse and a brain tumor reduces the drama to the level of soap opera. --Albert Williams



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