Chicago Theatre Review
For My 28 Cents
A Little Bit Not Normal – Victory Gardens
By the door into the theater Arlene Malinowski, writer and actress and the owner of tonight’s story has placed a bowl full of chain and a small paper bag. Audience members are invited to place a coin in the bag for everyone in their lives living with mental illness. It’s an oblique homage to Malinowski’s grandmother who had twenty eight cents in her pocket at the time of her death.
Malinowski’s story, of when depression moved into her life, is warm and humorous and filled with her vivacity and charm. Her descriptions and depictions of doctors, fantasies, winter Chicago, and life in New Jersey It’s also scarily accurate in depicting the gloves-off horrors that depression can wreak on a life and a relationship. The story can skate and fishtail from scene to scene, from time to time. But most of the time, Malinowski holds us to her story.
Painful and sweet, A Little Bit Not Normal, is sorrowful, especially for anyone touched by depression and the stigma that surrounds it. But our survivor, and our storyteller, stems especial care to get us through even the darkest depths with humor and kindness.
By Ben Kemper
Part of the Victory Gardens Up Close and Personal Series
Victory Gardens Theater 2433 N Lincoln Ave (near Fullerton CTA station)
4/29, 5/13, 5/14 and 5/27 at 3:00
4/30, 5/3, 5/5, 5/6, 5/10, 5/12, 5/20 at 7:30
(5/20 and 5/27th shows ASL interpreted)
Tickets for individual shows $20
Full package for this production and Where Did We Sit On The Bus by Brian Quijada and St. Jude by Luis Alfaro for $40.
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