Fault Lines | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Fault Lines The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 1 2014

On October 1, 1993, 12-year-old Polly Klaas was abducted from a slumber party as her friends helplessly watched. Her body was found just over two months later. While playwright Rebecca Louise Miller wasn't among the girls present, she and Polly both grew up in Petaluma, California, and the two were childhood friends. Polly's murder and its subsequent effects on all it touched are the basis for Fault Lines, which follows three women reuniting for the execution of the man who murdered their childhood companion. The show is strongest when it hones in on the women's underlying anxiety, yielding moments of both tension and tenderness (Scottie Caldwell as Bethany—a devoutly religious mother who's come to forgive the killer—shines here). Unfortunately, the upstage set and some bad blocking have us frequently looking at backsides when we'd rather be getting backstory. —Chloe Riley

Price: $15


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