Theater in Chicago: A Review and Guide to Profiles Theatre's Jailbait.

The Story.

Take two fifteen-year-old girls trying to be grown-ups, mix in two thirty-something men not wanting to grow up, add some liquid courage and what do you get?  The Midwest premiere of Deirdre O’ Connors’s play Jailbait, this season’s opener at Profiles Theatre. 

Jailbait, which premiered last year off-Broadway at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre to rave reviews, explores the thin line between childhood and adulthood in a sensitive and realistic manner.  The show starts out with the girls ostensibly having a sleepover–but as soon as they are alone in the house they hatch their plan.  The 15-year-old children transform themselves into urbane, polished 21-year-olds and head to a nightclub where they spend one dizzying night with their counterparts–the two insecure guys–approaching middle-age but desperately trying to stay young.

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The sometimes disturbing, sometimes humorous misadventures of the foursome unfold during the evening–revealing the very human side of each of the characters.  Fifteen-year-old Emmy (Zoe Levin) who outwardly seems the most confident and ready to hook-up reveals some surprising insecurities while Claire (Rae Gray), the shy naive friend has some surprises of her own.  The guys–the somewhat callow Mark (Shane Kenyon) and the uptight but upright Robert (Eric Burgher) unwittingly make their moves on the girls believing them to be consenting adults.  Until…

The Theatre.

Profiles Theatre is a highly successful Chicago storefront theater.  It is small and intimate with a 50-seat capacity. It was founded in 1988 by five Eastern Illinois University alumni and has since been continually producing plays–many award winners and highly-regarded.  The company produces World, US and Midwest Premieres by new playwrights, as well as established writers whose work has been seen across the country and around the world. 

Parking.

Metered street parking along Broadway is possible but not always easy to find. There is a lot at 4100 N. Clarendon, one block east of the theatre at the corner of Clarendon and Belle Plaine for $10-$11.

Tickets and performances.

Performances run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00p.m. and Sundays at 7:00p.m.  Tickets are $30 on Thursdays and $35 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 4147 N. Broadway. 773 549 1815.  Through October 17, 2010.

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