Top Shelf | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Top Shelf 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

When a feminist writer pursues an expose of a strip club also targeted by an evangelist who wants to replace it with a "GodMart," the story's pretty predictable. The dancers' warmth is no shocker either, a slight variation on the "whore with a heart of gold" stereotype. But their character quirks--one's a NASA PhD, another does Seinfeld impersonations--provide a steady stream of pleasant surprises. Playwright Scott Oken introduces supermeaty dynamics in this Factory Theater production: the preacher and strip-club owner are brothers, the journalist has a pornographic past. But he shies away from them, relying instead on the cast's ability to divert us with quips and sight gags. Though cleverer than average, these aren't enough to deliver the story's potential. Through 12/18: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM. Mon 11/28, 8 PM. No show Fri 11/25. Prop Thtr, 3502-4 N. Elston, 866-811-4111. $20; industry night Mon 11/28.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Kim Wilson

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
November 12
Performing Arts
April 30 1

Popular Stories