Celebrity Row | American Theater Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 9 2008
Phone: 773-409-4125
Price: $35-$40
Of the young MFA playwrights you find everywhere now, Itamar Moses seems to me the most promising. For one thing, he can get beyond himself, his slim demographic, and the fad for attitude-as-content. For another, he’s got real wit and craft. His Bach at Leipzig, which played Writers' Theatre last winter, is marvelous. Celebrity Row isn't the success that play was--it wastes time on a useless digression, and ultimately doesn't know what to do with itself. But it tells its story, about an imagined rebellion at the Supermax prison that housed Timothy McVeigh and other celebrity criminals, with a sort of bold ambivalence, never settling into a comfortable moral narrative. In David Cromer's sharp, smart production, putative certainties are upended so often they spin. --Tony Adler



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