A Nativity Story: More Than a Miracle | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Nativity Story: More Than a Miracle Recommended New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 28 2014

Inspired by Black Nativity, Langston Hughes's 1961 retelling, this Congo Square adaptation is framed by the tale of a contemporary single mother, Diane (E. Faye Butler), and her son, Nathan (Mark J.P. Hood), who's determined to find his father. This leads us to a Pentecostal church, where the chorus offers a host of original songs and renditions of familiar carols. Joseph (Anthony Williams) and Mary (Kathleen Turner) reveal character through modern dance, with a depiction of childbirth both abstract and right-on. Secular or religious, if you need a boost of joy this frenzied holiday season, you can't go wrong with this celebration of a story that, we're reminded, is essentially about forgiveness and restoration. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $22.50-$45


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