2 1/2 stars
As four girls, Clarice (Hayley Burgess), Jaycee (Heather Chrisler), Sam (Becca Savoy and Sharlene (Anne E. Thompson) living in a small Wisconsin town periodically meet at their local bowling alley, audiences watch them change their ideas, their focus, their influences and their expectations.
The girls are joined by friends Maddy from Winnetka (Angela Morris) and bartender Brielle (Mary Taylor).
Written by playwright Rebecca Gilman, the concept is excellent. However the first meeting we see as the girls graduate from high school makes little sense and is hard to buy into until later in the show.
Apparently they are having a party with presents and cake to say goodbye, at least temporarily, to Jaycee who is going off to prison. Maybe this would have worked better for me as a flashback after seeing the last act.
Maddy, who later met one of the girls at OSU joins them later but her character seems to be added simply to have a comparison to someone who went to New Trier High School.
The leavening factor is the bartender, a good personality to add to the mix.
As a female coming of age story it has some interesting points about making choices and how background matters even if these girls set down in a different place would have a different perspective.
Regina Garcia’s set design of an old bowling alley bar is perfect as the place the girls get together.
“Twighlight Bowl” is at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, through March 10, 2019 in the Owen Theatre. Approximate running time: 90 minutes, no intermission. For tickets and other information visit Goodman.
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