The Kid Thing | Berger Park Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Taylor R. Craft, Anna Rose Ii-Esptein, Samantha Michelle Nava, and Shalyn Welch

Taylor R. Craft, Anna Rose Ii-Esptein, Samantha Michelle Nava, and Shalyn Welch

Christopher Semel

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 15 2017
Price: $20
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Structurally, Sarah Gubbins's play is a conventional tale of love and betrayal. That it doesn't feel conventional is a function of who's doing the loving and betraying: a pair of lesbian couples living middle-class lives on Chicago's north side. Margot and Nate are having a baby thanks to sperm-donating pal Jacob; Leigh and Darcy are thinking of borrowing Jacob for same. Their struggles over imminent parenthood get at the psychic and social consequences of sexual difference. Or at least they did when The Kid Thing premiered at Chicago Dramatists in 2011. Jake Fruend's current staging for Nothing Without a Company is too reductive to get at much of anything. Certain passages suggest sitcom tropes, certain performances stick tenaciously to a single note. Shalyn Welch is so insistently arch as Darcy, for instance, that she ends up undermining the logic of scenes. —Tony Adler

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