The Luckiest People | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Tyler Core

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 29 2018
Phone: 773-883-8830
Price: $32, $22 students and seniors
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Meridith Friedman's smart little drama—whose title is an ironic reference to the Barbra Streisand hit about "people who need people"—concerns a family's fragmented response to the death of the mother. Grief-stricken father Oscar (Sandy Elias) wants to leave assisted living and move in with his son Richard (Nelson Rodriguez), a gay doctor, which may give Richard the excuse he wants to postpone adopting a child with his lover (Christopher W. Jones). And Richard's sister, Laura (Lisa Herceg), who lives overseas with her husband and child, is toying with rekindling an affair with an old flame. Under Jason A. Fleece's direction, the play insightfully explores how their mom's death prompts Laura and Richard to reconsider—and endanger—their own marriages. Stage Left Theatre's solid production is part of a "rolling world premiere" supported by the National New Play Network. —Albert Williams

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