Oleanna | Skokie Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 10 2015

MadKap Productions' take on David Mamet's (in)famous 1992 play tries to spark a relevant debate about gender and academia from a point of view that feels like it's been collecting dust for decades. The two-person one-act follows the decline of pompous college professor John, played by a puffed-up Gerald Nevin, once accused of sexual harassment by his struggling female student Carol, played by an initially timid Ali Goodman. The play rises and falls on Mamet’s language, initially so pedantic and stilted it’s difficult to care whether John gets tenure or Carol passes his class. Language also tips toward John’s side of the power struggle, offering more subtext and insight into his emotional state than Carol’s, which seems heavily influenced by the feminist group rhetoric she learns to parrot. Both sides have an agenda here, and neither is sympathetic. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $18-$28

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