Butler | Northlight Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 17 2016

In this witty, tautly written play author Richard Strand takes a single moment—1861, one month into the Civil War, when runaway slaves were first categorized as “contraband” and given de facto asylum by the Union Army—and turns it into a fascinating exploration of flawed men flailing in the crucible of history. Under the direction of Stuart Carden, the four-person cast work at the top of their game—Greg Vinkler, in particular, turns in a subtle, nuanced performance as Major General Benjamin Butler, the cranky commanding officer who refuses to return three fugitive slaves to the Confederacy. He's well matched by Tosin Morohunfola as the wily, desperate runaway Shepard Mallory. —Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$74

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