Geezers | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 24 2014
Price: $30-$35
At age 16, Emily gave up her newborn daughter, Jenny, for adoption, swearing she'd never forget the child she never met. Six decades later Jenny's found Emily, with dementia so advanced she remembers almost nothing but commercial jingles. In his new play, Tommy Lee Johnston relegates this potent, emotionally tricky story to a fleeting subplot, focusing instead on comparatively easy material: Pathologically asocial Jack desperately needs human connection, as do the seniors in the retirement home where he's landed his first job. After numerous confessional monologues, they all get what they need, more or less. Their predictable journey is full of poignant moments, deftly crafted by director Jan Ellen Graves's strong cast. But the scenes mostly illustrate obvious points when they might reveal complicated truths. —Justin Hayford



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