Picnic | American Theater Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Molly Brennan and Michael Turrentine

Molly Brennan and Michael Turrentine

Michael Brosilow

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 23 2017
Price: $38
American Theater Company artistic director Will Davis stood up and gave a speech on opening night before letting us see his staging of Picnic, the 1953 drama by William Inge. Davis called his production a "gift" to the playwright's "ghost," said it'd been seven years in the making, and worried out loud that "it perhaps is a gift that Inge does not want." He related Picnic to Inge's life as a closeted gay man, and to his own experience (recently chronicled in the Reader) of living "at the periphery of my desire." He even advised us on how to watch the show, saying "it's built to wash over you." Continue reading >>
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