The Coward | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 5 2014
Price: $20-$30
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Instead of wallowing in another rewatch of the second season of Orange Is the New Black, do yourself a favor. Step very slowly away from your bootlegged Netflix account and hightail it over to The Coward, a tightly wound farce from Nick Jones, a coproducer and writer for Orange who here brings the quippy humor of that beloved series to a satire set in the 1790s. Stage Left artistic director Vance Smith's production joyfully tackles the subjects of masculinity and guns (those most masculine-looking members of society) with a dynamo cast, a soundtrack including the Stones and orchestrated Lady Gaga, and blood, sooo much blood. In the end (spoiler alert!) all the hypermachismo characters die, leaving just an imbecilic botanist as the symbol of a new era. Oh fate most fitting. —Chloe Riley

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