The Dream of the Burning Boy | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 28 2013
Price: $35-$40
An earnest, well-liked suburban teenager named Dane walks out of a meeting with his high school English teacher and promptly drops dead of an aneurysm. The rest of David West Read's 2011 one-act deals with the consequent anguish, grief, and regret. Yet for all its heavy elements—and for all of West Read's artfulness, especially in depicting how high school kids think—the play lacks heft. A couple people cope by lashing out, a couple others by making lame therapeutic gestures. Accusations are made. A secret is revealed. And none of it quite sticks. Events accumulate rather than build. Though Joe Jahraus's staging never manages to replace what's missing, it definitely helps. As the English teacher, Darrell Cox offers a vivid portrait of a man stuck in himself. Joel Collins is fun to watch as a charmingly feckless friend of Dane's, and Alaina Stacey is full-out formidable as Dane's profoundly pissed-off sister. —Tony Adler


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