Keys of the Kingdom | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 15 2015
Price: $20-$32
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Trampling on religion can stir up a particular breed of ugliness, as the recent tragedy surrounding Charlie Hebdo shows. Playwright Penny Penniston's new work deals with this sort of ideology clash: the celebrity leader of a megachurch has a vision from God that leads him to hire Irene, a radical lesbian artist living in Soho. It's like an evangelical Odd Couple—her jaw drops at his pro-life views, he can't understand how she hasn't been smitten down for marrying a woman. For the most part, Penniston’s writing is accessible and honest, and no one in this show from Stage Left delivers on it more fully than Kate Black-Spence, whose Irene snarls and swears with enjoyable enthusiasm. But, like its characters, the play wants too badly to impart a higher message, and the realistic dialogue at times gives way to preachy diatribes. —Chloe Riley

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