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  Pins at Bailiwick Chicago


Bailiwick Chicago
6201 N. Hermitage Ave Chicago

The compelling story of Joey Nicci, a young boy who loves his sport, his family and his team. However, as his true identity emerges, he is challenged by peer pressure, supportive yet confused families, and the mad tangle of emotions brought on by competitive high school wrestling.

Thru - Jul 23, 2006

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 6:00pm

Price: $15-$25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-969-6201

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Chicago Sun Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Beyond that fault, "Pins" represents a larger problem that exists in gay theater right now. For the past two decades, its subject matter has fallen into two categories: coming-out stories, like "Pins," and shows that deal with the AIDS pandemic. As a result, gay theater is on the verge of becoming irrelevant."
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Misha Davenport

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Provenzano shows a deep fondness for his characters and a sure understanding of the wrestling milieu. He's particularly adept at handling the crosscurrents of fear and lust produced by the conflict between the sport's potential homoeroticism and the team members' homophobia. Chris Arnold's well-choreographed production, part of the 2006 Pride Series, is sometimes a bit too agitated but nicely captures the tender ache of adolescence; Eddie Bennett is particularly endearing as the conflicted young wrestler."

Zac Thompson

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Itís possible that Provenzano was able to flesh out his multiple themes more fully in a 300-page novel. But the play, at well over two hours, gives only a cursory nod to most of them. Worse, the first-time playwright falls victim to the tell-donít-show school of dramatization."

Kris Vire

Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended

"...Director Chris Arnold emphasizes youthful energy and lots of testosterone in this pleasing entry, and while Eddie Bennett tends to play Joey at the same fever level intensity throughout, Casey Chapman is a charming and frisky Dink, and the rest of the cast contributes zesty support."

Joe Stead

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