Brother's Keeper | Saint Bonaventure Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 4 2015
Price: $25
Subtext Theater Company's inaugural production is a pair of one-acts about the blessing and burden (more often burden) of brotherly love. The first, Dolly Llama, centers on a rural family fighting over their matriarch's ashes; the second, a prodigal son returning home to watch after his mentally challenged sibling while their alcoholic mother is away. In both, director John Oster is clearly building toward some inspired climactic images, but the road there is filled with circular arguments, screaming matches, and broad comedic twists that are all too flimsy to serve the purpose. In Orion's Belt, though, Michael Dritto and Nathan Wainwright establish a pained but convincing family dynamic, even if the payoff is ultimately unsatisfying.—Dan Jakes


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