Don't Look Back/Must Look Back | Chinese Mutual Aid Association | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Don't Look Back/Must Look Back The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2017

Last year, Albany Park Theater Project used the shuttered Ellen Gates Starr High School building to incredible effect for the site-specific drama Learning Curve. For this 75-minute promenade experience by Tanya Palmer about immigration, the grown-ups at Pivot Arts operate out of a similar playbook in and around the Chinese Mutual Aid Association office in Uptown. But the long, artsy movement and dance interludes don't educate as well here—cursory overviews of realities like ESL classes and resettlement financing give way to abstruse and scattershot fragments. An indicative moment: audiences are asked to sit on the floor in a room and reflect on context-free statistics projected on the wall, then handed a snack of rambutan. Rather than tapping into Uptown's rich history, Devon de Mayo's production mostly exploits it as set dressing. —Dan Jakes

Price: $20-$35

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