"Good Thing" (Poor Theatre): Evocative Story Needs Tightening

"Good Thing" (Poor Theatre):  Evocative Story Needs Tightening

Poor Theatre presents GOOD THING.

Playwright Jessica Goldberg tackles an evocative subject: drug addicts having babies. Goldberg approaches the topic with true grit. She never reduces it to Jerry Springer sensational. She keeps it real, focusing on the post high school life of four students and two teachers. Goldberg develops complex relationships between brothers, spouses, and unrequited lovers. Three of her six characters are battling addictions, and at least two of the six want a baby. Although the final scene is a powerful examination of every characters’ perspective, not every scene is as solid. Some situations feel too contrived. On multiple occasions, Dillon Kelleher (Dean) or someone else brings up his SAT score. Everyone knowing about his SAT score seems unrealistic. Though it’s supposed to show his untapped potential, it feels like an identity shortcut. And it’s clunky. Some of Goldberg’s dialogue is stilted, making the characters’ interactions appear forced.

Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.

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