Aces | Strawdog Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 18 2011
Price: $15-$20
Unpretentious pop plays like this one used to come down the pike more often, before playwrights decided that Big Symbolism would save the theater. Truth is, it's damned difficult to write the kind of snappy one-liners Jon Steinhagen trots out with regularity in this affectionate character study. The setting is also retro: it's 1975, and the arrival of a comely female dealer causes the men at a Vegas casino to question their aimless lives. Ronan Marra's sturdy cast have a ball with the thin but colorful material--particularly Steinhagen himself as a surly, just barely reformed drunk/gambler, Philip Winston as his geeky little brother, and Aaron Snook as a laconic Vietnam vet. --Kerry Reid

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