Kabulitis | Polarity Ensemble Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2011

A character in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing relates effective storytelling to cricket. "What we're trying to do is to write cricket bats," he says, "so that when we throw up an idea and give it a little knock, it might . . . travel." Keith Anwar's autobiographical family drama has potential, but it needs a better bat. The son of an American mother and an Afghan father, he chronicles his parents' dangerous attempts to bring Western-style modernity to mid-twentieth-century Kabul while also depicting his mother's subsequent struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Though the script is muddled, Anwar left the groundwork for a compelling tale before he died in 2010. Somebody would do well to revisit Kabulitis and shape it into what it ought to be. --Dan Jakes

Price: $10-$15

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