“The plays produced by 16th Street Theater usually stay with you for a while. I often find myself thinking about them for days, wondering what will happen next to the characters we get to know so intimately during these intense productions. Such is the case with Small Jokes About Monsters, the company’s current show in their “old” space on 16th Street in Berwyn before their move to a new, larger theater in a former VFW hall on Harlem Avenue, also in Berwyn.
This tightly-written work by Chicago actor and playwright Steven Strafford is hilarious and heartfelt even though it comes from the perhaps overly familiar genre of current comedies about dysfunctional families who love one another but cannot seem to engage in a cease-fire to stop sniping at one another. The show is strongly directed and the acting is first-rate.”