Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 17 2009
Price: $10-$15
David Eldridge's play says a lot of things about loss, grief, racial relations, filial conflicts, and war, but not with sufficient insight to make up for its wearying, elliptical tweeness. Thirty-nine chronology-jumping scenes trace the breakdown and reintegration of Joey, a young Londoner whose mother has died from cancer. He attempts to connect with a young black student facing his own crises--and somehow Marvin Gaye and the 2003 invasion of Iraq are important, but I'll be damned if I can tell you how. Tim Miller's static staging doesn't illuminate Eldridge's frustrating attempt to anatomize alienation. --Kerry Reid

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