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May 17, 2013

Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute at Chain Theatre in LIC

Megan Green attended a performance of “Some Girl(s)” by Neil LaBute at Chain Theatre in LIC, and tells us a little bit about the play and Chain Theatre itself. -Meg (…)

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Megan Green attended a performance of “Some Girl(s)” by Neil LaBute at Chain Theatre in LIC, and tells us a little bit about the play and Chain Theatre itself. -Meg

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Image source: Chain Theatre

It’s a great thing to live in Queens, where you know that in community theatre you’ll see the actors on the stage one night, then in any number of TV shows and/or independent films when you get home. The Chain Theatre – just steps away from the Court Square stop on the 7 line – is a new spot dedicated to the idea of creating community in Long Island City. In addition to the performance space, there is an art gallery, reading areas, and rehearsal rooms. There is still time to catch their resident company Variations Theatre Group’s current production, Some Girl(s) by Neil Labute (Nurse Betty, The Wicker Man).

“Guy,” who has a bit of a Don Juan past played by Kirk Gostkowski, is on a quest to make things right with past loves. He travels to Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and LA to have conversations with women he has left behind. Amber Bogdewiecz, Ashleigh Murray, Kathryn Neville Brown, Jaclyn Sokol, and Jill Durso play his exes with heartbreaking poignancy, from soccer mom to vixen to the one that got away. Each scene takes place in a different hotel room in each city, and this is cleverly accommodated from scene to scene as the hotel maids clean the rooms and change the art.

Oh, there are some big surprises – but no spoilers here. There is still time to catch more performances of Some Girl(s) Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2 and 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. General admission is $18, and $15 students/seniors/LIC residents. Water, soda, beer, and other concessions are available in the lobby. Keep your eye on the Chain Theatre for their June theatre festival, and they are accepting submissions now for the Chain NYC Film Festival in August.

Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd., Long Island City, NY 11101, chain-theatre.org

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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