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A Bright Room Called Day

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This early work by Tony Kushner contrasts the big story of Hitler's rise to power with little people--a Hungarian filmmaker, communist sympathizers, wannabe actresses, a sex researcher--who suddenly find themselves shaken by history and forced to take a stand. A call to arms against American fascism, Kushner's 1987 group portrait employs Brechtian distancing and agitprop intensity to ask what we would do if we had a gun and Hitler was sitting a few rows before us in a Munich cinema. Too slow at three hours, Kevin Gladish's staging for the Speaking Ring Theatre Company is not too soft, raising the stakes for all the survivors and turning their losses into lessons. Through 11/12: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM. Steep Theatre, 3902 N. Sheridan, 312-458-9374. $12-$15; industry nights Thu.

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