2009 marked our move into our new home at 1229 W Belmont which we inaugurated with a Chicago premiere.
by Penny Penniston
directed by Jeremy Wechsler
The first play in a decade by Jeff-award winning playwright Penny Penniston, whose last comedy, now then again, ran for over 17 weeks at the Ivanhoe theatre, Spin was a dark comedy that questioned our own identity in the middle of a consumerist culture, and challenged us to consider what happens when consumerism ends and we need to rediscover ourselves.
When Brent loses his high paying job as an art director for a big name advertising firm and goes through a divorce, he falls back on his Plan B, resolving to remake himself. With a host of good intentions and self-help books about Buddhism he takes in a street kid and renounces worldly possessions. But when tempted with prestige and cash by an old advertising buddy, he sells his life over to a beer company. Literally. When his best intentions bring him to a couch, a bomb, a celebrity hostage and the contempt of his co-workers and girlfriend, some serious self-examination is in order.
Smart... zesty and witty. There are some very fine actors kicking the dust off this stage Chicago Tribune
Packed with witty putdowns, and Wechsler's cast has a fine time with all of it. New City
Deftly written and acted. Chicago Sun Times
Intelligent, witty with biting satire and sharp one-liners and retorts. A fine cast of players... The play has life and makes us think.Village View
Intelligent, witty with biting satire and shart one-liners and retorts. Penniston's script is rich.ChicagoCritic