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  Raised in Captivity at The Frontier

Raised in Captivity

The Frontier
1106 W Thorndale Chicago

Estranged twins Sebastian and Bernadette are reunited at their mother's funeral, after her death-by-errant-showerhead. The two siblings clumsily attempt to renegotiate their relationship while making space for others in their lives: Bernadette's husband Kip, who decides to abandon his dental practice to become an artist, and Dr. Hillary, Sebastian's extravagantly needy therapist who is prone to dissolving into a morass of self-recrimination. Paradoxically dark but comedic, absurd yet earnest, Nicky Silver's award-winning work returns to Chicago.

Presented by The Right Brain Project

Thru - May 19, 2018

Price: $15-$20

Show Type: Drama
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Silver comes up with a satisfying conclusion in which brother and sister are left to each other to resurrect their broken lives, but I wish we'd had more time with them rather than having to listen to a bunch of other people's problems."
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Dmitry Samarov

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...Even with the promise of spring on the Chicago horizon, audiences will feel taxed to treasure Silver’s plethora of emotional baggage wrapped in gallows humor. You need a higher tolerance than mine for jokes about the blind and hysterical references to squashed cats, dental diseases, AIDS deformities, and throat-slitting. The fact that these six actors confer palpable truth-telling on Silver’s self-punishing, born-again victims is no small triumph of make-believe."
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Lawrence Boomer

Chicago On Stage - Somewhat Recommended

"...Nicky Silver's Raised in Captivity is a play of paradoxes. It is humorous but very dark. Its characters are not particularly likable but yearn to belong. In its absurd juxtapositions, it seeks both to entertain and provoke. It paints a fairly bleak worldview yet, like one of its characters, it uses only white paint, ensuring a result that is open to interpretation. In short, Silver is playing with his audience, challenging them to come along for a roller coaster ride of emotions. With little need for an elaborate set, this might seem a perfect kind of play for a small storefront theatre to tackle, and in many ways Right Brain Project does get the play right, with strong acting throughout."
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Karen Topham

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