Miracles in the Fall | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 5 2014
Price: $10-$25
It's hard to imagine a richer setting for an American problem play than the home of a working-class Irish-American family in Detroit in the autumn of 1968—all those complicated Irish-Catholic personal problems (alcoholism, sexual repression, hair-trigger tempers, free-floating anger) and heady issues of the day (race riots, Vatican II, Vietnam, intergenerational strife, not to mention the 1968 World Series) almost literally at the doorstep. Which makes it all the more frustrating that Chicago-based writer Chuck O'Connor does so little with what he has, choosing instead to pack his play with all the expected Catholic types and tropes (the hip young priest, the rebellious prodigal son, the self-destructive father, the uptight sister who's a nun). Likewise, the production's sluggish pace makes the unsurprising twists and revelations all the more predictable. —Jack Helbig



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