Now. Here. This. | Rivendell Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Neala Barron and Anna Schutz

Neala Barron and Anna Schutz

Zach Dries

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 21 2016
Price: $25
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A trip to a natural history museum is more like a trip down memory lane in Now. Here. This., a slapdash musical by Jeff Bowen that received its debut at NYC’s Vineyard Theatre in 2012, billed as a journey exploring life’s big questions. It’s about four young friends trying to reconcile themselves to the present by sifting through past ordeals. Unfortunately, too many of these have a tendency to come across as trivial and one-dimensional: dealing with high school cliques, living up to the family name, and the death of an older relative, to name a few. Energetic performances by the cast members help to redeem this show from Brown Paper Box Co., but one wonders what might have been if life’s so-called big questions weren’t so darn small. —Matt de la Peña

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