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The Divine Order of Becoming



Carla Stillwell's new play about what we learn when a loved one gets sick is full of lovely intimate moments between mother and daughter: learning to bake, giving a home perm, fighting over doing chores. As directed by Kim Crutcher for the Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT), these scenes are performed beautifully by firebrand Demetria Thomas as the daughter and Daryl Charisse as her mother, who has cancer. Thomas in particular has a wry, charming delivery, though sometimes the sparkle of humor she can't seem to damp down undercuts the script's serious moments. But Stillwell apparently doesn't trust her own material, breaking up the mother-daughter dialogues with interludes of bad poetry and saccharine interior monologues that neither actor can pull off. These detract from the real drama and the development of the characters, leaching the play of the emotion it should have. Through 3/27: Thu-Fri 8:30 PM, Sat 8 PM, Sun 3:30 PM. Victory Gardens Theater, first-floor studio, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000 (TTY 773-871-0682). $20.

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