One week of performances has been added to the run of Joel Drake Johnson's critically acclaimed dark family comedy, currently playing to packed houses at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, in Chicago.
Newly added shows are May 7 at 7:30 PM, May 8 at 7:30 PM, May 9 at 8 PM, May 10 at 8:30 PM and May 11 at 3 PM.
Critics embraced Johnson's contemporary story of a cantankerous, elderly "every mom," her two middle-aged children, and the family drama that unspools over the course of their usual lunch date at a local restaurant.
According to VGT, "Set in a typical family restaurant in an unnamed Chicago suburb, Peggy's usual lunch date (and usual lunch drink) with her middle aged children Ellen and Warren turns from routine conversation to life changing revelation. Alternately sweet and acerbic, Peggy skillfully maneuvers throughout the meal to maintain control of her waning power. Meanwhile, her adult children must come to grips with the fact that parents, at any age, may have lives entirely independent of their children's."
Directed by Victory Gardens associate artistic director Sandy Shinner, the world premiere stars Mary Ann Thebus as Peggy, with Peter Burns and Meg Thalken as Peggy's adult children Warren and Ellen, and Jennifer Avery as their friendly waitress, Barb. Tickets to extension performances are $20-$45.
To purchase tickets, call the Victory Gardens box office at (773) 871-3000 or visit www.VictoryGardens.org.