For the Love of (or, the Roller Derby Play) | The Buena at Pride Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Paul Goyette

For the Love of (or, the Roller Derby Play) Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 16 2017
Price: $20-$25, $10 students, seniors, or others who can't afford full price
The Brooklyn Scallywags are the most feared of all women’s roller derby squads in the tristate area. These ladies dominate, and “rambunctious” doesn’t begin to describe them when they’re off the track; if the word “rambunctious” showed up at one of their parties, they’d beat its ass and make it do shots. The team has a new recruit, Joy (Alex Dauphin), whose relationship with her partner, the out-of-work Michelle, is threatened once “Joy Ride,” as she's known to her derby friends, develops eyes for a teammate, the powerhouse jammer Lizzie Lightning (Erica Hernandez). Kenzie Seibert’s authentic concern and hurt as Michelle give this Pride Films and Plays production a groundedness sometimes lacking in playwright Gina Femia's more rah-rah team scenes. Rachel Edwards Harvith directed. —Max Maller



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