Hedy Weiss recommends Maple & Vine

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“It has been said that “people seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren’t so crazy about the first time around.”

In “Maple and Vine,” Jordan Harrison’s exceptionally clever play about dealing with the present by seeking refuge in a past that might have been something less than it was cracked up to be, nostalgia is neither easily dismissed nor wholly glorified. Rather, Harrison — whose play is now in its Chicago premiere at Next Theatre, and was a hit at this year’s Humana Festival of New Plays in Louisville — strikes a wonderfully off-kilter sense of ambivalence as he weaves the story of a stressed-out, bi-racial New York couple, and their “retreat” into a decidedly intense, full-time 1950s “re-enactment community” in the Midwest.”