Bob: A Life in Five Acts | Flat Iron Arts Building | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Matthew Nerber

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 7 2015
Price: $20
Heroes all have their origin stories, but being born in a White Castle bathroom seems apt for producing a special kind of American legend. So begins the life of Bob, an average schmo looking to become a great man. This play by San Francisco-based Peter Sinn Nachtrieb roots itself firmly in vaudeville, sketch comedy, and every other great form of tongue-in-cheek/wink/nudge humor. And LiveWire Chicago Theatre's low-budget production slips the material on like a glove—after all, coming into the world at a slider joint doesn’t exactly lend itself to fancy airs. LiveWire artistic director Brian Crawford does fine as Bob, but it’s the pseudo Greek chorus that zips us pleasantly along, converting one man’s mundane life into a multifaceted and nuanced look at success—or whatever it is we all toil so hard for. —Chloe Riley



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