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The phone is ringing and the e-mails are stacking up in my inbox: "Do you know about this? What's the deal?"

The reason for all this alarm, or in some cases, wry amusement? A play entitled "Dental Society Midwinter Meeting," which debuted last week at the Chicago Dramatists and was reviewed today in both the city's major newspapers.  

Disclaimer: the play has no relationship to the Chicago Dental Society or the society's annual Midwinter Meeting.

The play follows the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the North Shore Regional Dental Society as they get together for their annual Midwinter Meeting. Romantic entanglements, questionable professional ethics and scandal rule the weekend.

The reviews so far have been mixed. Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones gives the show a middling review, concluding "If everybody could dial the over-the-top sketch-humor back and reacquaint themselves with more prosaic dental realities, this show could find some gold under that porcelain veneer."
But Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss raves in today's paper, "At each and every turn [playwright Laura Jacqmin] hands us a sly surprise and searing insight. This is a playwright who possesses a keen eye for character types (though she always supplies unexpected traits), as well as a fine sense of human cruelty and weakness, and idealism gone amok."

Several members have called to say they are buying tickets to see the play, and a few staff confess to being curious enough to see it too. Do you plan on going? Have you already seen it? Leave us a comment and let us know you think.


toothsome ,

Yes, go see this play! It's a blast!

Posted by: blackd209 ( on 05/16/2011