The Tall Girls | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Michael Brosilow

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 25 2017
Price: $35, $28 seniors, $20 under 30, $15 students
A League of Their Own for Depression-era women’s basketball, this play by Meg Miroshnik (The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls), directed by Louis Contey for Shattered Globe, melds feel-good teamwork and athleticism with the harsh realities and limited prospects available to women of the day. The show opens with Jean, played by a graceful Angie Shriner, getting off the train in rural midwestern Poor Prairie to take care of her cousin and bury her secrets. She meets Haunt Johnny, a basketball-wielding stranger played by Joseph Wiens, who soon signs on as basketball coach for the local teens hell-bent on getting “downstate.” The challenges of a time when the government wanted to curtail female athletics feel extreme but all too relevant—this is a play about “play” not as a luxury but as a potentially life-changing force. —Marissa Oberlander

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