Private Lies: 2 Plays About Prostitution and Johns | Constellation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Private Lies: 2 Plays About Prostitution and Johns Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 13 2010
Phone: 773-296-6024
Price: $12
Presented by End Demand Illinois, a coalition of 20 organizations working to stop sexual exploitation, the two new, interrelated one-acts that comprise Private Lies look at the issues surrounding prostitution with heavy pathos and some startling comedy. Though it focuses on the question of why men buy sex and features content culled from interviews with 113 johns, the best thing about Caleb Probst's "The Strings Attached" is Jasmine (Tori Ulrich), a witty, independent, but resigned prostitute who artfully breaks the "hooker with a heart of gold" stereotype. Jasmine's acceptance of her fate follows her into "The Johns" by James Frizzell, the stronger of the two plays, which delves into the psychology of three damaged men who pay for sex. The production is raw, disturbing, well acted, and eye-opening. --Marissa Oberlander



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