Maria's Field Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 22 2009

This intriguing one-act by 38-year-old Russian playwright Oleg Bogaev has a tragic theme--the hopelessness of Russian war widows--but its tone is by turns whimsical and wistful. Its heroines, three elderly peasants, are gripped by the belief that their men will return, unchanged, from World War II, despite the passage of a half-century. As the women and their comical cow travel--by land and over water, back through time and memory--to meet their husbands, they encounter figures from history, including Hitler and Stalin. TUTA makes a specialty of introducing Chicago audiences to the work of European playwrights, and it scores a coup with this American premiere. Under the direction of Luda Lopatina and Zeljko Djukic, the acting is emotionally precise, and the superb scenic, lighting, costume, and sound designs create a realistic environment for the play's poetic ruminations on the material and mystic nature of life and death. --Albert Williams

Price: $20-$25

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