The Danztheatre Playwright Festival | Ebenezer Lutheran Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 28 2017
Price: $20-$25, $10-$15 students and seniors
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Chicago Danztheatre tries to sell its new playwright festival as a first for Chicago, attempting to inflate the importance of a standard series of new works combining dance and theater. The first three of the nine pieces are borderline incomprehensible, their scripts seemingly intentionally obscure, and the stilted choreography fails to illuminate the dramatic action. A glimmer of hope appears with Getting Old Sucks, the only piece devised and choreographed by its performers: here there’s intention behind the movement, and the physical activity ties into the longing for youth explored in the script. But the festival misses an opportunity to go out on a high note, ending with a slight scene about dancing Mennonites rather than with Nelia Miller’s Cetalogy, a poetic, high-energy solo performance about an encounter between Moby-Dick and the biblical whale that swallowed Jonah. —Oliver Sava

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