The Firebirds Take the Field | Rivendell Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Michael Brosilow

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 27 2017
Price: $38, $28 students, seniors, and military
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After 25 years away, a neurosurgeon returns to her crumbling, postindustrial hometown when 18 girls, most of them cheerleaders, all come down with the same mysterious ailment. Rivendell Theatre's world-premiere production of Lynn Rosen’s play works both as a biting critique of how our society treats women and as an insightful rumination on the ways unfulfilled hopes and desires can haunt or even poison one’s life. Though based on an actual case in upstate New York, this story works much better as a metaphorical tale than a medical mystery—the emotions ring true even if the science seems iffy. Directed by Jessica Fisch.

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