Last of the Red Hot Lovers | Mayer Kaplan JCC | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 19 2015
Price: $20
Emergent Theatre Company gives an airy, pleasant staging to Neil Simon’s 1969 comedy, in which the long-married owner of a seafood restaurant decides to cheat on his wife using his mother’s tidy, cramped apartment as the site for his trysts. His would-be seductees—a clinically depressed housewife, a socially oblivious stoner, and a sexy inveterate philanderer—are game until he reveals his ideas about the weaker sex, antique even then. But what’s embarrassing for him is entertaining for us: Simon’s jokes are still fresh 45-plus years on, even if Jim Saltouros is never quite nebbishy enough as the hapless male protagonist. That aside, a poised, funny, perceptive cast make this production warmhearted and surprisingly nuanced. —Jena Cutie



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