Confederates in the Attic | City Lit Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Confederates in the Attic Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 7 2014

In the 1999 best seller on which this production is based, neo-gonzo journalist Tony Horwitz hangs out with Civil War reenactors, Daughters of the Confederacy, bitter black southerners, and a conspiracy theorist who (shades of Cliven Bundy) doesn't accept the legitimacy of the federal government—all in an effort to prove that the War Between the States is far from over. It was canny of City Lit's Terry McCabe to realize that the book's engaging voice and picaresque approach would make good theater. With Horwitz as its central character, McCabe's adaptation offers lots of funny, quirky, and poignant moments. But the script as a whole needs both trimming and filling out: in its current state it makes the same thematic points over and over while leaving its reporter protagonist frustratingly incomplete. McCabe's staging is similarly uneven, solid performances sitting side by side with amateurish ones on a set that looks slapped together. —Tony Adler

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