The Things We Keep | Actors Gymnasium, Noyes Cultural Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Adrienne Matzen, Kirsten D'Aurelio, and Teddy Boone

Adrienne Matzen, Kirsten D'Aurelio, and Teddy Boone

Emily Schwartz

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 28 2016
Price: $25, $18 students and seniors
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This new drama by Mark Boergers jumps around in time to show how brothers Rob and Tom and their cousin, Evelyn, are shaped by their dealings with their aunt, Marie, an artist whose pack-rat tendencies eventually tip into hoarding. At the center of the story is a shared secret that paradoxically strengthens and corrodes the family’s ties. But too much remains vague and unarticulated about the characters and their motivations (especially Marie’s) for the changes in their behavior to cohere. A dark turn in the play’s second half feels like sheer authorial imposition. The cast of Natalie Sallee’s staging for the Arc Theatre manage to make the script’s sometimes lofty language sound natural, but the production is morose even when it’s supposed to be light. —Zac Thompson

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