The 2nd Act Players spring online production, Pandemic Stories, 7 short plays about life, love and loss in the age of Covid-19, received a three-star review from the website AroundtheTownChicago.com.
“From funerals and final messages to the repercussions of the stay-at-home orders, this timely show is an intimate take on the effects of current events and realities on contemporary life and death,” wrote reviewer Julia Rath.
“One of my personal favorites is Donna Latham’s “Lunch Lady”, the presentation that opens the show. Three different lunch ladies in Texas describe their own unique experiences when schools closed,” Rath writes.
“Another of my favorites is “What Good Did We See Today? by Cathrine Goldstein. In an extraordinary performance, Manny Schenk channels George, an old man with dementia as he slowly but steadily declines between March 2020 and February 2021. Among other things, he confuses his two daughters and fails to understand the restrictions on his activities due to shelter-in-place orders,” Rath writes.
“Other short plays include: “Second Acts, Second Helpings” by John Mabey, “Love in the Time of Covid-19” by Germaine Shames, “[Brackets]” by Craig Gustafson, “The Birds Are Feeding Me” by Rex McGregor, and “To the Zoom and Back” by Cindi Sansone-Braff,” Rath concludes.
While live-streaming performances of the show have ended, it is still available for on-demand, online viewing on the 2nd Act Players YouTube channel.
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