The Assembled Parties | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Dean La Prairie

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 25 2017
Price: $46 ($43 online), $41 seniors/teachers ($38 online), $22 students/military ($21 online)
In this Raven Theatre production Cody Estle directs Richard Greenberg’s Tony-nominated dramedy, which follows an Upper West Side family across a 20-year time period. In act one the Bascov clan converge at their 1980 holiday gathering, where the audience is introduced to a family focused on assimilation and upward mobility. Charismatic matriarchs Julie (Loretta Rezos), the Christmas-loving German Jew, and her sister-in-law Faye (JoAnn Montemurro), a Woody Allen stock character full of Yiddish quips and Jewish anxiety, share a familial bond and love for Julie’s son Scotty (Niko Kourtis), on whom they’ve pinned the family’s future. His overbearing parents may have presidential dreams for him, but Scotty doesn’t, and the 20 years and multiple misfortunes between acts send the Bascovs on an entirely different course. While Greenberg’s smart and musical language delights throughout, a greater focus on character development would make for a more impactful landing. —Marissa Oberlander

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