A Crime in the Neighborhood | City Lit Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Crime in the Neighborhood The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 13 2014

In a sleepy D.C. suburb, where the Watergate scandal seeps from kitchen radios through open windows into the muggy summer air, a young boy is found gruesomely murdered. After a circumstantial case begins to mount against a quiet newcomer, the diary of a ten-year-old neighbor named Marsha could hold the key to proving his guilt or innocence. In his adaptation of the 1997 Suzanne Berne novel, which is narrated by the grown-up Marsha, James Glossman splits the character between two actors—a child in the action and an adult narrating from the wings. But under Terry McCabe's direction for City Lit, this clever device flops in execution. The two Marshas seem painfully unaware of each other in more ways than one, cluttering an already confusing production full of quick changes and compression. —Keith Griffith

Price: $25-$29

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