Being Harold Pinter Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays and Mon., Feb. 21. Continues through Feb. 20 2011

According to a January 4 story in the New York Times, the repressive regime led by Belarusian president Aleksandr Lukashenko has prevented the outspoken, pro-democratic Belarus Free Theater from incorporating. Company members have been harassed and jailed. Their relatives have lost jobs. When they perform they lead audiences to secret locations and advise them to carry passports in case the police show up. Facing possible arrest if they return home, the ensemble have been granted temporary theatrical asylum in the Chicago area: the Goodman Theatre, Northwestern University, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater are taking turns hosting this BFT production through February 20. They could read phone books poorly onstage and I'd cheer. As it is, they've brought us a thrilling, sobering 75-minute piece that consists mostly of interrogation scenes from Pinter plays and ultimately segues into statements from Belarusian political prisoners. Pinter made it up. These folks have lived it. --Justin Hayford

Price: $20, benefit $50-$100

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