Pumpgirl | A Red Orchid Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 24 2009
Price: $15-$25
Hammy's a fop who works at a chicken egg hatchery and street races his Toyota. Sinead is Hammy's sarcastic wife, so pissed off at him she writes wanker on all his racing trophies. And the pumpgirl of the title works at a gas station and continually gets asked whether she's male or female. Naturally, she's in love with Hammy. These three are amusingly pathetic for the first half of Abbie Spallen's play, as they take turns delivering short monologues about their lives and relationships in some miserable little population pocket on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. But the shit hits the fan in act two, things get grim fast, and a terrible beauty is supposed to be born. It isn't, though. Director Karen Kessler can't quite make Spallen's fools-transfigured scenario work convincingly, despite engaging performances from Larry Grimm and Kirsten Fitzgerald. --Tony Adler



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