Picnic | Writers Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 30 2008
Phone: 847-242-6000
Price: $50-$65
It's not hard to see why William Inge's plays went into eclipse in the 1960s. At a time when American culture was speeding up and breaking apart, their formal perfection couldn't help but look quaint. But now it's possible to appreciate pieces like this one, about the multiple crises triggered by a brash, sexy, troubled young drifter who runs aground in a small Kansas town on Labor Day weekend, 1953. Inge tells the story in three acts worth seeing for their exquisite structure alone. And if his formalism makes those acts predictable, his compassionate wit keeps them interesting. The same holds true for David Cromer's production, despite some questionable casting. Together, Jack Magaw's set and Keith Parham's lighting define poetic realism. --Tony Adler



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