Destiny of Desire | Goodman Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Liz Lauren

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 16 2017
Price: $20-$80
To introduce Karen Zacarias’s self-described “unapologetic telenovela,” director José Luis Valenzuela’s 11-person cast clump center stage and proclaim, “We are here to change the social order. Deal with it!” But for the ensuing two and a half hours they do little but lampoon the planet’s most popular genre of televised entertainment as cartoonishly bad melodrama fit for ridicule. The occasional direct-address moments when actors step up to a microphone and cite statistics—about things like workplace sexual harassment, Latino buying power, and U.S. incarceration rates—mostly demonstrate how insubstantial everything else in the show is. The game cast clearly enjoy the unrelenting foolishness, including their swooning dance moves as they move scenery about, but Valenzeula encourages such broad, obvious overacting that precious little feels true. Change the social order indeed. —Justin Hayford
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