“Doubt. Doubts. I have doubts.” Yes, John Patrick Shanley wrote doubts. But, I have no doubt you’ll find this play, about the changing lives of a bunch of 32-year-olds, well worth the admission price.
Second Stage Series – Savage in Limbo
By John Patrick Shanley
“The setting is a slightly seedy neighborhood bar in the Bronx, where a group of regulars (who all happen to be the same age—thirty-two) seek relief from the disappointments and tedium of the outside world. The first to arrive is Denise Savage, a perennial loner who announces that she is still a virgin, but would like to remedy the situation. She is joined by an old school friend, Linda Rotunda, whose problem has been the opposite—too many lovers (and illegitimate children) but who is now fearful that her current boyfriend, Tony Aronica, is losing interest in her. And when the macho Tony comes bursting in shortly thereafter and announces that he is leaving her to pursue “ugly girls,” girls who have read books and can teach him something, Linda is desolate. Denise, sensing an advantage, makes a play for Tony, and the action quickens, moving swiftly from zany comedy to tense confrontation which requires the muscle and mediating skills of the taciturn bartender, Murk, who, heretofore, had been content to keep the glasses filled, including that of his mixed-up girlfriend, April, a failed nun who is also a classmate of the others. In the end, tensions subside, Linda recaptures Tony, Murk proposes to April, and only Denise remains as she was—still in the limbo of loneliness from which she so desperately wants to escape.”
*Cost: $6 General Admission (Sometimes I will list low cost events here’s one.)
When: Saturday, March 28, 2009, from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: Loyola University Chicago – Studio Theatre, Centennial Forum Student Union, Loyola Downstairs Studio Theatre (large unattractive gray building beneath the student Union), Chicago
Neighborhood: Roger’s Park
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 773.508.3847, Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts at 773.508.7510
Website: Loyola University Chicago – Theatre
Duration: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Getting There: CTA – Loyola ‘L’ Stop, Bus – 151 (to Howard), 147 (to Howard), 36 Broadway (to Devon). Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus is located at 6525 N Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626