Common Sense Media: ‘South Side’ Review

Common Sense Media: ‘South Side’ Review

Parents need to know that South Side is a comedy about people who live and work in a gritty Chicago neighborhood. The show’s writers and creators are from the neighborhood they write about, and their deep knowledge shows in empathetic jokes that don’t punch down but mine comedy from difficult, sometimes tragic situations: violence, poverty, racism, the failure of governmental agencies to help and protect those they serve. Violence and sexual content is infrequent but can be mature, like a scene in which a man doing a tough job is shot with a crossbow, and one in which a man leaves a party with a woman to have sex and is urged to take Viagra to keep up with her. Language is frequent: “s–t,” “bitch,” “bastard,” “ass,” “hell,” though “f–k” is bleeped. Characters demonstrate perseverance and teamwork, doing their best to succeed or just stay afloat in difficult circumstances.

Lane 44, Ltd., founding partner and Executive Director Debbie Holstein spent most of her childhood performing in theatrical productions, acting, singing and dancing.

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