Heroes and Villains | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 21 2008
Phone: 773-327-5252
Price: $25
Daniel Janoff is an intelligent playwright--his quaint, Capraesque story about unlikely love and small-town loyalty is never syrupy. But he treats his characters like idiots. First they're supposed to take the word of the town drunk that their fellow citizen, Chuck, is a superhero; then they're expected to swallow the notion that the bank that once hired Chuck as a spokesman has the right to cancel his pension unless he can prove he has superhuman strength. It's a testament to Janoff's gift for characterization that he draws poignancy from this untenable premise, creating a portrait of a dying backwater town coming to terms with its myths. Collaboraction director Anthony Moseley elicits endearing performances from his seven-person cast, making for a warm, if not credible, evening. --Justin Hayford



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