Dowager Daughters of Transcendence | ETA Creative Arts Foundation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 5 2012
Price: $20-$30
Playwright Cheryl Hall calls this a "very silly play," and she certainly has an ear for the absurd: several members of the titular social club aspire to the title of "Supreme August Stately Duchess." Plotlines pile up quickly and sometimes confusingly. The ladies have only just learned that their DDT chapter may be shut down when they find an intruder in their clubhouse whom they overpower and take captive. Meanwhile, each member has issues of her own. Marguerite is running for public office. Vivva snatches weaves from the heads of women in restaurants, claiming they make her and the rest of black America look stupid. Gail has multiple personalities and a tendency to go Taser-happy on the group's prisoner. And Delphine is simply trying to figure out what's the right thing to do. Then there are the unwelcome visitors who keep dropping by. The timing was off on opening night, marred by actors tripping over their lines. But Hall's dialogue is funny and lively, and her silly play is a good time. —Julia Thiel


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