Next Thing You Know | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 8 2015
Price: $15
Self-doubt, that standard currency for any self-respecting millennial, dominates this new musical from Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham. Here are four young, unlikable creatures faced with a plethora of options, many of them mediocre and laced with uncertainty. Lena Dunham’s pretty much set the standard for young, privileged white people complaining, and Cunningham’s book lacks both the sophistication and self-deprecation of Girls. Apart from "Hung Over" (as in hung over from one's 20s), a number that finally allows the characters some playfulness and charm, the show is a mess of one-liners and cramped conceptions of both genders. The creators would do well to scrap the whole thing—save that song—and rebuild from the bottom up. This time taking into consideration the broad spectrum of that little thing called human emotion. —Chloe Riley



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