Whatever We Want | BoHo Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 9 2014
Price: $15
Megan Johns's new script isn't really a play yet. It's four characters and a time line. We first see sisters Della and "Bug" as preteens, on the day they learn they'll be living separately due to their parents' divorce. Subsequent scenes catch them over the course of the next 15 years, trying and mostly failing to deal with the trauma. Both refuse to grow up—Bug by handing herself over to parental girlfriend Bethesda, Della by asserting a radical self-sufficiency that leads her to torture her doormatty would-be lover Leonard. And that's pretty much it; in the absence of a strong narrative, Whatever We Want provides only behaviors leading to an unearned climax. Still, those behaviors can be compelling. In Johns's staging for Vivarium Theatre Company, Niki Dreistadt's Della, Olivia Nielsen's Bethesda, Patriac Coakley's Leonard, and especially Alison Banowsky's Bug are so vivid it hurts. Watching them brought back damaged souls I've loved. I hope Johns takes them through another draft. —Tony Adler

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