After Mountains, More Mountains: The Haiti Stories | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

After Mountains, More Mountains: The Haiti Stories

by

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

The most marvelous thing about the theater is also the most obvious: the actual presence of the performer in the room. No film can imitate the peculiar sense of privilege that comes with watching a creator create in real time in a particular space that is not simultaneously in Los Angeles or New York or Mexico City, but only right here now. Donna Blue Lachman makes you especially aware of that sense of privilege, because (1) Donna Blue Lachman is like no one else, and (2) she builds her theater out of that singularity. Lachman's latest play is a sort of monologue with interruptions, recounting a Haitian voodoo quest that became a crash course in Baby Doe poli-sci. Like her, it's funny, dreamy, mystic, vulgar; utterly self-entranced, yet perfectly open and generous; full of a blithe American carelessness, yet sharply aware of the mechanics of that carelessness. Sharply aware of itself. Blue Rider Theater, through June 24. Friday and Saturday, 8 PM; Sunday, 7 PM. Sunday, June 11 only, 2 PM. $7-$10.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Robert Drea.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment