Miles Away | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mondays-Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 31 2014
Price: $20
Christine Whitley's 90-minute play feels more like a construct than a drama. First, there's the Lolita-meets-The Hustler conceit (slime bag discovers an underage pocket billiards prodigy, takes her on the road and into his bed), complete with fashionable gender flip. Then there's the pasted-together nature of the script itself. In the first section we meet Ron (the slime bag) and Sissy (the prodigy), whose continual bickering goes nowhere tediously and for a long time. In the second, a meeting with a would-be moneyman registers as a complete non sequitur. The third and final bit revisits issues that weren't effectively introduced in section one while taking an unintentionally silly last-minute turn toward the surreal. Director Scott Weinstein misses opportunities to improve matters, as does Josh Odor, whose Ron would be way more interesting if his weakness weren't quite so apparent from the start (and if he didn't drink such impossibly large amounts of vodka that you find yourself wondering why he doesn't fall down dead). —Tony Adler



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