To Kill a Teenager: Seven Sins of the Juvenile Mind | Free Street Theater, Pulaski Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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To Kill a Teenager: Seven Sins of the Juvenile Mind 

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 27 2010
Phone: 773-772-7248
Price: $15 or pay what you can
Free Street Theater's new ensemble-created performance piece is a vivid, troubling exploration of adolescent life. A free-form series of monologues, scenes, songs, and abstract movement segments, the show is emotionally intense yet leavened by a dark, surprisingly sophisticated sense of humor. Steering clear of cliches, it addresses in highly personal terms such issues as sexual awakening, uncommunicative relationships with parents, the need for validation vs. the desire for independence, the pursuit of unattainable "perfection," teen suicide, and violence (including September's fatal beating of 16-year-old Fenger High School student Derrion Albert). There are no easy answers offered here, only insights into problems common to all yet unique to each--the "juvenile mind" as a microcosm of the human condition. Director-designer Ron Bieganski's eight young cast members are talented, confident, and relentlessly honest, and their use of stylized movement and improvisation reflects a sure sense of poetic theatricality. -- Albert Williams


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