In the Heat of the Night | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

In the Heat of the Night The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 5 2016

In his 2010 stage adaptation of John Ball's 1965 novel, California playwright Matt Pelfrey borrows plot elements from Stirling Silliphant's screenplay for the Oscar-winning 1967 film version as well as from Ball's original book—and also tacks on an extra twist ending different from both. Set in 1962, this noir-esque murder mystery concerns an African-American homicide investigator from Pasadena reluctantly recruited to help the all-white police force of a small Alabama town track down a killer. As the detective does his duty he puts his own life at risk, incurring the rage of local racists already on edge about civil rights "agitators" disrupting their way of life. Shattered Globe Theatre's production never quite captures the feeling of sultry tension the story demands, though Michael Stanfill's imaginative lighting design fills the intimate space with a palpable sense of mystery. —Albert Williams

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