The Last Cadillac | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 21 2014
Price: $22, $17 for students and seniors
There are plays that nosedive—but maybe wouldn't—with more tweaking and a better sense of where they're going and how the heck they’re getting there. The Last Cadillac, from playwright Reginald Edmund, is such a show. Set in a Houston auto garage, the play follows Isaac (Jamarr Tillman), who's searching the body shop for answers about his past. He runs into Big Daddy (the fiery Arch Harmon) and together, with aid from some ancient gods, the two continue the identity hunt. With Cadillac, Edmund has a case of the Stephen Kings—he's at his best when he trusts his gruff, reality-rooted characters, less so when he allows mythical spooks to steal the action. Poor sound design and indulgent acting from Tillman don't aid the cause. But the play is by no means without merit. There's substance there and Big Daddy is the key. His wants and fears—instead of that darn Cadillac —should be the ones driving the show. —Chloe Riley



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