The World of Extreme Happiness | Goodman Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 12 2014
Price: $10-$30
Some playwrights have a gift to amuse; Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig has a darker gift. Anyone with romantic notions of Chinese culture will be unsettled by the jagged, unsentimental portrait of modern urban China presented in the Goodman Theatre's world premiere of her drama The World of Extreme Happiness. Hell, even if you don't have romantic notions, you'll probably be unsettled. (The title of the play is, no surprise, sarcastic.) From her opening scene, in which we see the female protagonist, Sunny, born, then thrown into a bucket of pig slop to die because her family wants a boy, Cowhig assaults us with troubling images, disagreeable characters, and harsh dialogue (her people curse like Mamet's). Be prepared: the nasty, brutish world created here is far from the sweet fairy-tale China of last season's The White Snake. Continue reading >>
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