Bury the Dead | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Bury the Dead Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 21 2011

Six freshly killed soldiers stand up in their battlefield graves, refuse to be buried, and rhapsodize about the simple pleasures of life while a scandalized general insists that a military doctor convince them they're officially dead. Director Beth Wolf can't find a tone that unifies the dark satire and poetic earnestness in the first half of Irwin Shaw's unwieldy 1936 play. But the cast of this troubled Promethean Theatre Ensemble production handle tricky, poignant scenes with grace and guts during the more cohesive second act, in which important women from the soldiers' lives travel to the mass grave to convince the men to stay dead. --Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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