East of Berlin and The Russian Play | Strawdog Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

East of Berlin and The Russian Play Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18 2011

These gripping one-acts by Hannah Moscovitch depict ordinary lives breaking apart as they fall into the gravitational pull of the 20th century. In East of Berlin, German expat Rudi discovers that his father is a Nazi war criminal, prompting agonies of guilt that ultimately destroy the son for the sins of the father. Billy Fenderson's slo-mo demolition as Rudi is riveting. The Russian Play is a love story about a flower-shop girl and a gravedigger who wind up in one of Stalin's prisons after the girl runs afoul of a powerful man. It's equal parts funny and devastating, in keeping with the heroine's description of Russian theater: "some laughing, then misery." --Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$20

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