A Piece of My Heart | Ebenezer Lutheran Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 15 2016

Based on oral histories compiled by Keith Walker, Shirley Lauro’s 1991 play tells the stories of six women who served in Vietnam as nurses, a USO entertainer, and an intelligence specialist in the Women’s Army Corps. Arriving in southeast Asia when the war is at its bloodiest and most quagmirish, the women survive the chaos of the combat zone, only to return home feeling damaged and out of place. Victoria Alvarez-Chacon’s staging for Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is brisk and compassionate, much like the nurses it depicts. But Lauro’s cautiously respectful, group-therapy approach seems to belong to a time when the psychic wounds of Vietnam were still relatively fresh. More than 40 years after the end of the conflict, we’re ready for a little nuance. —Zac Thompson

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