Graham Cracker | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Mondays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 30 2017

We're not talking digestive biscuits here. As it's applied in Tony Mendoza's new play, "graham cracker" denotes somebody who's nominally Chicano yet acts white. I suppose the idea is that grahams have a brown tint and "cracker" can refer to white folks. But I don't know that for sure because, like a lot of things in this Broad Shoulders Productions show, the phrase isn't explained very well. In bare outline Graham Cracker is a Mexican-American family saga. Dad is a wannabe baseball star turned mean drunk, Mom is loyal but bitter, and their son—the GC—is caught in between. Little beyond these basics is clear, however. Mendoza finds neither the heart of his story nor a coherent way of telling it. Though his leads (Alberto Mendoza and Angela Vela) are endearing, there's no way they can stop the chaos. —Tony Adler

Price: $16-$21


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