The LivingRoom: You Are . . . | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Van Ferdinand in The LivingRoom: You Are . . .

Shym Jamin

When: Sundays. Continues through Aug. 27 2017
Price: $10, $7 students
The idea behind this show is cool: an evening of original solo pieces, performed by the people who created them, with movement and original music (by an invited sound designer, Jeffrey Levin). The execution still needs work. Preshow, in the lobby, singer Van Ferdinand did a good job setting the right tone, playing guitar and talking to the gathering crowd, but once we moved into Stage 773’s cabaret space the show lost energy. The solo pieces themselves are messy and unfocused; they feel more like quick sketches than finished work. Jorge Silva’s fascinating autobiographical piece, based on interviews he conducted with former friends from his southwest-side elementary school, feels the most complete, though that may be because Silva has such a strong, likable stage presence. —Jack Helbig

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