Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen] | Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Robert N. Isaac and Allyce Torres

Robert N. Isaac and Allyce Torres

Tom McGrath

Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen] 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 27 2016
Price: $20
Halcyon Theatre spent the last five years rehearsing in the old top-floor gymnasium at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. Now they’ve transformed it into their permanent theater, and it’s a quaint yet spacious marvel. Unfortunately they’re christening it with Charise Castro Smith’s confounding, insubstantial 2011 play about a young Cuban-American woman who believes she’s from France, somehow becomes famous making commercials, and is then carried to hell by her invisible friend Bette Davis, who also works as a BBC reporter. Smith lines up scattershot quirky oddities for 80 minutes without establishing a coherent stage world where such peculiarities might convey meaning. It’s all tangent with no center. Director Tony Adams’s moody, visually satisfying production features some engaging performances but could benefit from more varied pacing. —Justin Hayford



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