Love and Human Remains | Rivendell Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Matthew Gregory Hollis

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 11 2015
Price: $25, $10 students
Dated slang runs amok in Brad Fraser’s 1993 LGBT-oriented play, set in an era when gay marriage was barely a whisper and cruising was the norm. Heroin, junk. Gay, queer. Answering machines. Dig? Fraser would go on to edit Queer as Folk, HBO’s 2000 spinoff of Britain’s series celebrating gay culture, and here it feels like he’s already gearing up for that career move—the dialogue’s punch and the constant cutting back and forth between scenes feel more suited to TV. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, and if you can get past the datedness—as obviously Ernie Nolan, director of this Cor Theatre production, has—there are some sweetly handled moments well worth watching. Fraser’s premise involves a serial killer on the loose, but the play’s main themes revolve around antagonism towards women and sexual discovery, which in the time of Caitlin Jenner don’t feel so dated after all. —Chloe Riley



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