Vacation | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 9 2014
Price: $17
Chicago playwright Hayes Borkowski's "tragic farce" is a breathtaking work, at once deceptively simple in its premise—five twentysomethings spend an aimless night of drugs and alcohol and sexual intrigue in a Florida time-share—and achingly profound. Borrowing a few moves from Edward Albee and Harold Pinter, Borkowski has created rich characters who deliver infuriatingly opaque dialogue that between the lines contains a world of heartbreak and rage. Surely part of the credit for this belongs to director Joshua Ellison and his perfectly paced production, presented by Area IV Theatre; the ensemble too is superb, led by the able Zach Livingston as a disaffected hockey pro in the midst of a serious identity crisis. From the moment the play begins, Borkowski and company suck us into this bleak world, and the more we learn, the deeper we're plunged. —Jack Helbig



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