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Theater Wit debuts ‘Completeness’ – rom-com for intellectuals

Matt Holzfeind and Kristina Valada-Viars play Eliott and Molly in Completeness
Matt Holzfeind and Kristina Valada-Viars play Eliott and Molly in Completeness
Charles Osgood

Theater Wit is currently presenting the Midwest premiere of “Completeness” – a modern, brainy romantic comedy from playwright Itamar Moses that recounts the on-off love story of Eliott and Molly - played by Matt Holzfeind and Kristina Valada-Viads.

Featuring the witty, up-to-the-minute and thoughtful dialogue that Theater Wit and Writers’ Theatre audiences have come to expect from an Itamar Moses work, Completeness explores the unsolvable mysteries of love as seen from the perspective of two grad students who agree to collaborate on a cross-departmental experiment. Smart about their work, computer science grad student Eliott and molecular biologist Molly are capable at unraveling the complexities of science but a little out of their realm in the romantic arena. The play follows them as they toggle in and out of love in a story that ultimately poses the question: if love brings infinite possibilities, how can we ever be complete?

Theater Wit is in its second season in the company’s newly renovated home at 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago. They moved into the 1.3 million venue in the former home of the Bailiwick Arts Centre in June 2010. Chicago’s only theatre with three intimate, 99-seat performance spaces, the cool industrial-chic lobby features a beer, wine, spirits and coffee bar that welcomes theatergoers, a number of whom will be able to find street parking on Belmont. We are always happy to support their fine resident companies New Millennium Theatre Company and Stage Left Theatre along with productions from a number of visiting companies staging their work here. Last year the new Theater Wit facility hosted 593 performances of 42 productions presented by 25 of Chicago's best small companies, entertaining a total audience of more than 33,000.

The current production, a nice mix of scientific and sexy which should appeal to a wide cross-section of theatergoers, runs through March 24. Regular show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; and Sunday at 2 pm. No show Thursday, Feb. 21. Tickets are $18-$36. For tickets and information, visit or call 773.975.8150.