End Days | Next Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 29 2009
Price: $25-$40
Mom is an evangelical former Jew with a personal, invisible Jesus who buys her coffee. Dad is a lapsed business executive who hasn't dressed or left the house since the 9/11 attacks. Daughter is a nihilistic goth math whiz adored by a soon-to-be bar mitzvahed, physics-obsessed 11th grader in an Elvis costume. While they await the Rapture--Mom's sure it'll hit Wednesday--predictable conflicts are resolved with bromides. Welcome to everything twee, overdetermined, and tiresome in contemporary American playwriting. On the other hand, witness the miracle of director Shade Murray and his finely tuned cast finding enough humor, warmth, wisdom, and poignancy in Deborah Zoe Laufer's script to make these two hours exponentially more enjoyable than they have a right to be. --Justin Hayford



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