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Isa Arciniegas

Austin D. Oie

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 4 2017
Price: $18
haventheatrechicago.com
Just in case news alerts haven't been reminding you on the daily, you and everyone you care about will expire one day, and odds are better than not the circumstances of those deaths will be . . . not great. Feel like dancing yet? Young Jean Lee's 2011 rapturous concert-play, not unlike the iconic finale of Bob Fosse's All That Jazz, makes toe tappers out of the bleak, answerless existential questions that keep folks awake at night. Backed by a stellar four-piece rock band, singer and storyteller Isa Arciengas makes Lee's vignettes about lost family and love her own in a tender, head-thrashing performance more demanding than most I've seen this year. Josh Sobel's whip-smart Haven production is so slick that upon entry one couple asked aloud, "Are we cool enough to be in here?" —Dan Jakes

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