The Chicago Landmark Project | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 10 2011
Price: $10-$30
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Theatre Seven's ambitious project comprises a dozen brief plays, each of which explores a different Chicago location with a different author, director, and cast. There's a lot of heart and--except for two duds--a lot of skill all around, and the two shortish programs offer an efficient chance to sample the work of a large, diverse crew of local artists. Most of the plays aren't fully baked; some are emotionally thin, some transparently didactic. But their brevity, energy, and variety work in their favor. The standout is a devised piece about Oz Park by the all-female A Red Orchid Youth Ensemble, who sell their work with delightful precision, confidence, and wit. Runners up include a harsh and tender scene by Robert Koon, set on Navy Pier, in which a father and daughter hash out their issues as she prepares to leave for college, and Aaron Carter's sharp, funny, magic-realist fable about race and romance, set in the long-defunct Riverview amusement park. --Dan Weissmann

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