Oleanna | Heartland Studio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 15 2014

In 1992, when David Mamet's Oleanna first premiered, a lot of people still weren't quite sure whether sexual harassment was an actual problem or political correctness run amok. Oleanna attempted to explore the issue through three conversations between a rather pompous and distracted but well-intentioned male professor and a clueless female student, who comes under the influence of a feminist group and charges him with sexual harassment and rape, ruining his life and career. It's a nasty little play, and it has not aged well. Mamet clearly takes the side of the professor (the patriarchy?), which is all too apparent in Fury Theatre's new production. Mark Dodge's performance as the professor is far superior to Laura Deger's as the student; he's a human being, while she's shrill and robotic, spouting Mamet's lines without considering their meaning. —Aimee Levitt

Price: $20

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