CLOSED: World premiere of “Spin” by Penny Penniston–at the new Theatre Wit space.

Info here.

Video previews here.

“There is surely an argument to be made that one hasn’t really lived until one has heard Foust’s imitation of two dolphins doing the nasty, one them most unwillingly. And there are few if any actors around who are better than Baker at delivering wry,

seemingly off-hand but deadly potent zingers. He makes the age of irony golden. As for Goss, he’s in possession of that rare, effortlessly charismatic Everyman vibe that can create an instant bond with any audience.” – Catey Sullivan,

“Yet when the dialogue pokes fun at modern memes and 21st-century life, this comedy shines. Lance Baker’s wonderfully understated performance as Jack, a dry-witted account executive offhandedly commenting on the action, forms the highlight of the play.” – Leah A Zeldes, Chicago Theater Blog

“Penniston has worked as an advertising copywriter and it shows in her (a) knack for the pithy line, and (b) well-wrought sense of the absurd. Jack is the prime beneficiary of both: a Jaques who resorts to wit as a way to keep from cringing at the world and his appalling place in it, he gets bare, sour one-liners in the tradition of Oscar Levant.  Lance Baker makes a desert-dry masterpiece of Jack.” – Tony Adler, Reader

“Highly Recommended.  There is much to enjoy in this sharp-witted modern-day farce.  Spin is a most apt play to inaugurate Theater Wit’s new digs. The combination of terrific acting with a fine script makes for a nice evening of theatre. Lance Baker steals much of the show with his terrific timing and comical delivery using  a glance, a one-liner, or a retort.” – Tom Williams,

“The script is packed with witty putdowns, and Wechsler’s cast has a fine time with all of it.  Lance Baker is droll and subtle as a blinking stiff in a suit, and Joe Foust finds just the right amount of loathsomeness in an ad exec who is one T-shirt away from a full-on Ed Hardy moment.” – Nina Metz, NewCity

“Serving as the detached but surprisingly effective witness here is Jack (Lance Baker), another adman who seems more resigned to his state in life. He may be the wisest of all.” Hedy Weiss – SunTimes

“An Eeyore-like Lance Baker, who plays one of Brent’s sardonic colleagues, gets most of the best lines. “The age of irony is over,” someone says. “Funny,” says Baker’s deadpan character, Jack, “it doesn’t feel over.”  —Chris Jones, Tribune


About Lance Baker

An actor and director in Chicago and on the road.

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