Questioning the Dead: An Evening of One-Act Plays | Stage 33 Chicago | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Questioning the Dead: An Evening of One-Act Plays 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 2 2008
Phone: 773-648-0583
Price: $10-$15
The best of the four one-acts in this very uneven evening is David Alex's sweet What if?, about an adolescent daughter buying shoes with her father. Heartfelt, funny, full of believable dialogue, and no longer than an SNL sketch, it's everything the longest piece of the evening, Nathaniel Wright's Pushing Daisies, isn't. But then Pushing Daisies's premise--three ghosts sitting around a cemetery talking--is hard to sustain. The other two plays, Evan Lipkin's The Red Line and Wright's Ten Minute Play II, fall somewhere between these two extremes, resulting in an evening that left me wanting less. The acting ranges from merely serviceable to pretty good, with the best performances, ironically, in Pushing Daisies--though it doesn't help: strong acting rarely saves a weak script. --Jack Helbig



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