The Oldest Profession | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

The Oldest Profession 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Playwright Paula Vogel ties American economics to the circumstances of five aging prostitutes in a play set on the Upper West Side from 1980 to 1984: each character represents a different era of capitalism. Through the stories of these free-market entrepreneurs and their dwindling clientele, we see simple barter give way to corporate speculation and, finally, ill-advised radicalization. Vogel's political analysis is arguable, but there's no denying the opportunities her play offers to actresses of a certain age. Those here, directed by David Zak, pay ample homage to their characters' venerable trade in a medley of vintage burlesque ballads, delivered with heartbreaking sincerity. --Mary Shen Barnidge a Through 2/25: Thu 8 PM, Sat 7 PM, Sun 3 PM, Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090, $25.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Mary Shen Barnidge

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Oslo Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
September 10
Performing Arts
Love and Information Trap Door Theatre
September 12

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories