Badfic Love | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 2 2015
Price: $20
Adam Pasen’s unwieldy new play focuses on Kyle, a stalled PhD candidate with a love/hate relationship to bad fan fiction. He and three of his nerdy friends fancy themselves badfic police, scouring the Internet for odious posts to publically shame. When Kyle falls in love with Michelle, author of an atrocious, widely read homoerotic Harry Potter blog, something of consequence should ensue. But Pasen's script is a breezy sitcom one moment, a self-consciously terrible Pirandellian escapade the next, with underdeveloped existential crises peppered throughout. As a result, a cogent world with meaningful stakes never emerges. Director Aaron Henrickson and the winning cast can’t fill the many logical gaps of this Strange Bedfellows production, but they make two and a quarter uneven hours feel spontaneous, spirited, and intermittently charming. —Justin Hayford



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