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  The Secret of the Biological Clock at Athenaeum Theatre

The Secret of the Biological Clock

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

What happens when you favorite teen detectives grow up? Tag along on the big case that pulls one previously precocious sleuth out of retirement. This witty and refreshing new work written by DePaul grad Andie Arthur tells a "coming of age story" for a woman in her mid-30's. See her face obstacles scarier than Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys ever imagined: Careers, mature relationships...and babies? Eek!

Presented by Eclectic Full Contact Theatre

Thru - Jun 2, 2019

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $25-$30

Stage: Studio Two

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-935-6875

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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...While there is ample ground for intrigue, the show suffers from too many enticing hooks and zero commitment to any of them. In a few scenes, it aims for film noir pastiche; then there are moments of Degrassi; next, a racially problematic spin on Andy Griffith and Mayberry. Because they serve too many genres at the same time, the characters depend on cliché. Somewhere in the story, there is a compelling thread about a woman reclaiming the mysteries of her childhood—but that requires less plot and slower character development."
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KT Hawbaker

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...At this stage of its gestation, the sheer amount of information necessary to process Andie Arthur's ambitious procedural, while suited to the leisurely pace of a novel, makes for nearly two intermissionless hours of exposition delivered at dazzling speed. That said, audiences are advised to enjoy the sprightly performances of an agile and industrious cast frontlit by Aziza Macklin as the charming agent provocateur."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Around The Town Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...I must give some credit to this company, Eclectic Full Contact Theatre for trying to bring new and different works and to attempt to follow their mission- to educate and entertain. I was entertained, but I think that this play might still be a work in progress. Another venue may make a difference and a few cuts here and there with some changes in a few scenes might make this a better story for more to see. I would be very interested to hear back from you on your opinion ( should you venture to this venue for the play)."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...No intermission is offered, lest the audience take the opportunity to vanish during the pause. The actors, under the direction of Katherine Seigel, should be commended for their stoic commitment to mouthing platitudes about home, belonging, family, and how they’ll “always have each other” without retching."
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Irene Hsiao

Chicago Theatre Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...Siegel’s cast is fine, especially the effervescent, extremely likable Aziza Macklin, as Jasmine, and the engaging Kelly Levander, as self-doubting adult super sleuth, Eleanor Dawson. And, although she isn’t given a whole lot to do in this play, Elise Soeder shows strength and flair portraying Dawson’s teenage persona, Ellie. All in all, this is sometimes an entertaining mystery story that shows a lot of promise."
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Colin Douglas

Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...THE SECRET OF THE BIOLOGICAL CLOCK would be a good fit for anyone who loves mystery and coming of age plays. It might not be the best fit for those looking for a play that hits all the emotional buttons."
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Alexis Bugajski

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