Women Laughing Alone With Salad | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 12 2018
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Sheila Callaghan's 2015 satire is more a series of tableaux than a play: scenes of urban American psychosexual dysfunction. Driven mad by lifestyle memes, big Meredith pushes hard for a sexy-tough-girl persona; tiny, yoga-obsessed Tori memorizes the menus for brunches she'll never eat; aging Sandy lets garra rufa fish exfoliate her to the bone; and they all pretend to like, no, love, no, celebrate eating salad. Meanwhile, the guy—appropriately named Guy—who connects them all imagines that he's Kerouac disguised as a barista. The pieces are held together to some extent by the continuity of the characters, but the really powerful bond is the ferocious, culture-eating acid of Callaghan's wit, hilariously rendered by Devon de Mayo's staging for Theater Wit. The second act doesn't culminate things so much as dance them off with some future-is-female cheerleading. Still, you'd be a fool to miss the first act on that account. —Tony Adler

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