Eroica | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Eroica The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 7 2016

Set in 1966 against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, David Alex's new 75-minute one-act concerns a small-town high school basketball coach, Victor (Felipe Carrasco), who spouts patriotic platitudes to denounce antiwar protestors, though he himself has received a medical deferment from the draft. His sister Grace (Sarah Koerner), a liberal nun, is torn between her conscience and her love for her brother, while Victor's wife Sally (Sarah Pavlak McGuire) worries about her brother, who's MIA in Vietnam. Enter Charles (Garrett Young), one of Victor's former players, whose slick but shifty charm barely masks a devious hidden agenda. As secrets begin to spill out, Alex and director Maggie Speer seem to be aiming for tragedy in the vein of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. But stilted dialogue, heavy-handed moralizing, and melodramatic plotting blunt the story's potential impact. —Albert Williams

Price: $20


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