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10
Sep

Charm Transcends its Limitations

By Patrick Hurley

Set in an LGBTQ center in Chicago, Charm, playing now at the Celebration theatre, takes on the hot-button issues of gender identity, sexuality, and race, and does so with a  sometimes light and highly comedic touch. Darleena Andrews (Lana Houston) arrives at the Center to volunteer her time to teach a trans-youth charm class. Darleena, who goes by Mama, is welcomed to the Center by D (Rebekah Walendzak), a person who doesn’t claim a gender, a concept very foreign to the sixty-something Mama, who has very old-fashioned ideals about what it means to identify as male or female. This sets up a clash that will undoubtedly occur between the two. Read more »

7
Feb

On Suffering: Sons Finds Some Light

By Patrick Hurley

Nietzsche said that to live is to suffer, and to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. Such is the sentiment that propels much of Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet, playing now through March 15 at The Blank Theatre. For his characters, however, survival is about making light in dark times. Mr. Karam uses his deft comic touch, and flair for melodrama to spin a theatrical yarn about the nature of suffering that is as funny as it is pointed. It asks us to consider suffering, through the age-old platitude, what are the odds. A platitude that serves as a kind of guiding force of this play. Read more »

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