Toronto Mississippi | Angel Island | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19 2010
Price: $18-$22
Maybe if Canadian playwright Joan MacLeod had used the first act of her 1987 play to build the dramatic stakes for her characters, rather than having them stand around displaying various quirks, she wouldn't have had to shoehorn a half dozen emotionally exaggerated contrivances into the second. The story is promising: A divorced mother struggles to grant her autistic 18-year-old daughter a modicum of independence while two men--her sweet, spineless boarder (a struggling poet) and her brash, errant former husband (an Elvis impersonator)--vie for her affections. But MacLeod's script is too uneven too make it cohere. Still, director Carlo Lorenzo Garcia coaxes graceful, textured performances from an impressive cast. --Justin Hayford



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