Happy Now? | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 2 2013
Price: $10-28
Lucinda Coxon's 2008 play opens with an encounter at a conference for executives from charitable organizations. Middle-aged Michael of Age Awareness comes on to prim young Kitty of Cancer Concern. She rebuffs him but sticks around for a conversation in which he reveals himself as a Casanova in the purest and most exalted sense: assignation is his zen. It's a droll, bracing scene that triggers Kitty's discontent with her high-pressure life, much as Macbeth's brush with the three weird sisters triggers his royal ambitions. And Ben Werling makes it memorable in this Shattered Globe Theatre production, giving a sly performance as Michael. But there's not much else worth remembering here. That first scene aside, Roger Smart's staging never conveys anything more than whisps and puffs of the sharp wit Coxon put into her script. —Tony Adler



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