The Crowd You're in With | Goodman Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 21 2009
Price: $10-$39
Rebecca Gilman's badly titled comedy takes place at a July 4 barbecue where a childless middle-aged couple puts everybody on the defensive by calling into question the notion of raising children. The other guests--white, urban-dwelling, impeccably liberal young thirtysomethings--respond to this needling with a range of emotions, from bafflement to anger. An experienced couple disabusing young people of their innocence might call to mind Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?--except that Gilman never allows us to see any cracks in the older couple's certainty, and consequently the whole thing feels rather smug. In Wendy C. Goldberg's slick production, only Janelle Snow hits a nerve as a quietly unhappy woman who's desperate to conceive. --Zac Thompson



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