Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls | Heartland Studio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 16 2013
Price: $10-$20
The press release makes Brown Paper Box's production of this 1999 Naomi Iizuka play sound dreadful: a "quirky comedy" about "twentysomethings" looking for a place in the world. In reality, it's an expert mindfuck that explores the abyss of human identity. Primarily set (near as I can guess) in the dreamlife of a character in a story written by a character in the play, Iizuka's plot flings its twentysomethings out of Brooklyn to the noncontiguous states, to the oldest rainforest in the world, backwards through evolution, forward through life. In character-driven scenes where time and space dissolve, director M. William Panek's cast strike a perfect emotional pitch. When I walked out of a matinee performance, blinking in the sun, I could feel the infinite largeness of the present. —Keith Griffith



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