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Katrina: State of Emergency


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What with all the scandals and indictments since Katrina, it's easy to forget that Bushco's bungling of the matter occurred recently, just over four months ago. And the disaster got a lot of play in the media--especially as the backdrop against which, journalists assure us, they finally rediscovered their balls. Perhaps as a result, this stage documentary is too familiar to provoke the appropriate outrage. Jeffrey Bruner's script does expose how explicitly classist and racist the authorities' combination of absenteeism, incompetence, and outright menace was. But otherwise this artful assemblage of well-known sound bites--from Bush, Ray Nagin, Mary Landrieu, et al--is teaching to the converted. Through 2/19: see www.chicagoreader.com for complete schedule. Through 1/29: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090, $25.

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