A Day in the Death of Joe Egg | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 16 2014
Price: $20-$27
Brian and Sheila's marriage has nearly come unraveled after ten years of caring for their severely disabled daughter, Joe. Sheila, the causeless optimist, must face institutionalizing her, while Brian, the bone-deep pessimist, hatches a darker plan. If Peter Nichols had devoted his pitch-black 1967 comedy solely to dramatizing their dilemma, he might have written a great play. Instead he indulges in copious metatheatrical shenanigans that let his characters reveal their inner feelings, illustrate the couple's backstory, and address the ways society misunderstands people with disabilities. Much of this is interesting, even entertaining, but it leaves the core of the story underdeveloped. Despite strong performances, director Greg Werstler's overly deliberate pacing makes the evening feel more like a play than life. —Justin Hayford



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