'The Bear Suit of Happiness'

Penned by Evan Linder, this premiere is about a tight-knit group of gay American soldiers during World War II who put on a drag show - that form of entertainment being popular at the time with the mainstream GI population. It brings up numerous issues, most notably the question as to whether this is a moment for actual self-revelation or deeper self-suppression. It's a very potent scenario, made all the more intense by the richness of Linder's language and the way the director, Sean Kelly, stages the entire play on a platform no more than about 10 square feet. - Chris Jones Through March 30 at the Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave.; $20-$25 at 773-413-0862 or thenewcolony.org
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