A skilled playwright can draw relatable humor from even the darkest situations, such as a character forgetting which crypt she left her car keys in. Smile in sympathy with this GrouponLive deal to see The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, presented by Step Up Productions at the Athenaeum Theatre. For $17, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $35.50 value, including all fees). Choose from the following performances:
- Thursday, April 5, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, April 6, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, April 12, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m.<p>
Most famous for her award-winning works Spinning into Butter and Boy Gets Girl, playwright Rebecca Gilman adds an edge of whimsy to her signature dark comedy in The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, which the Boston Globe praised for its “smart and amusing” interplay of ideas upon its 2006 debut. After a disastrous gallery exhibition, mounting paranoia and depression, and a messy breakup culminate in a suicide attempt, artist Dana Fielding lands in a mental ward with the clock already ticking on her insurance-allowed stay. To buy more time to recuperate, Dana draws on the sports obsession of two fellow patients to invent an alternate personality: baseball star Darryl Strawberry.
As the action unfolds, Dana gets her extended stay, but in doing so, she has to deal with her alter ego’s own problems of fame, rejection, and secretly not actually knowing the rules of baseball. With fewer than 100 seats, the Athenaeum’s Studio One space puts audiences within view of every expression passing over the faces of the cast, who hail from backgrounds working with Chicago mainstays such as Steppenwolf Theatre and Chicago Dramatists.