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  All Childish Things at The Greenhouse Theater Center

All Childish Things

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

“All Childish Things“ is a tale of a heist gone wrong. Dave has come up with the plan, Carter's got a way in, Max has figured a way out, and Kendra has the connections. All is ready for these four ”Star Wars” fans to swipe a cash load of fandom merchandise, but instead Dave’s fanatic lust to pull this off threatens his colleagues lives, reveals their deep secrets, and threatens to tear these good friends apart forever. This play was nominated in 2006 for the prestigious American Theater Critics Award for best new play.

Thru - Dec 17, 2011

Price: $10-$25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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  All Childish Things Reviews
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  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...There are plenty of amusing moments in Dennis Frymire's staging, whether one adores the Lucas franchise or finds its fanboys-and-girls more than a little irritating. In particular, the prickly chemistry between nerd mastermind Dave (Nathan Pease) and nervous slow-on-the-uptake Max (Nathan Petts) feels lived-in and truthful. But when Carter (Kevin D'Ambrosio) brings his disdainful girlfriend, Kendra (Kim Boler), into the mix, things start getting schematic. (Though I did appreciate Kendra's describing the dialogue in the movies as akin to Mad Libs.)"
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Not Recommended

Playwright Joseph Zettelmaier uses the Skywalker trope to provide texture, but what we're actually looking at here is a familiar and often clunky heist comedy that loses its momentum in the second act as it tries to show its math. Though Dennis Frymire's staging for Hubris Productions has some sweet moments, the cast tend to come across as if they’re still out on the playground, pretending—particularly Eric Loughlin, who, as the obligatory mob boss, suffers from a significant threat deficit.
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Tony Adler

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...The cast assembled by director Dennis Frymire for this Hubris Theatre production are likewise sensitive to the serious subtext underlying the deceptive frivolity, playing their roles with a committed intensity that quickly engages our emotions as it suspends our judgment. Treasure is in the eye of the beholder, after all, and well worth gambling everything to attain."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Centerstage - Somewhat Recommended

"... The premise is terrific, the plot is reasonably well constructed and the dialogue is witty. The problem? The characters are very unlikable. Fine if you’re trying to be a gritty crime drama, but this play isn’t."

Rory Leahy

Chicago Theater Beat - Not Recommended

"... Dave is the most likeable and multidimensional character in the piece (but then there’s not much competition for that pronouncement). Unfortunately a play can’t rest on the shoulders of one character any more than a dinner conversation can rest on the shoulder of one participant. If you want a good heist play, there are plenty out there; I wouldn’t recommend sitting through this one."

J.H. Palmer

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