Princes of Waco | Strawdog Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 22 2012
Price: $15-$20
Jim is the pissed-off teenage son of a dead Texas preacher. Esme is the sexy high-school classmate who thinks Jim's got potential. And Fritz is the white-trash Machiavelli who takes Jim under his nasty wing. With a triangle like that, Robert Askins's 2010 play seems primed for fireworks—and at times, as when Fritz first pulls Jim into his orbit, it looks ready to deliver. But Askins isn't willing to settle for a seamy-good yarn. He wants significance on a Shepardian scale, only he hasn't got Shepardian chops. So the dialogue gets portentous, the backstory gets tricky, everybody and their bartender gets an earnest speech, and the Hunh? Factor goes up exponentially until you're stifling a incredulous laugh at the body on the barroom floor. Carolyn Braver is a bright spot as squeaky-voiced, tough Esme. —Tony Adler



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