Pinkolandia | 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 10 2014

Andrea Thome's heartfelt semiautobiographical drama about growing up the daughter of Chilean refugees in Reagan-era Wisconsin in the 1980s is packed with interesting, moving moments, most notably the scenes in which the play's young protagonist, Beny, witnesses her otherwise sensible parents reliving the traumas associated with their home country's brutal 1973 coup. Sadly, the play feels half finished, full of fascinating fragments that don't quite cohere into a full story. Likewise, Thome's characters are a mixed bag, some three-dimensional (Beny, her younger sister, and their mother), others barely two. Happily, director Ann Filmer has packed her cast with strong actors. Maritza Cervantes gives a star turn as Beny. And Stephanie Diaz communicates well the predicament faced by Beny's fiery mom, torn between her memories and the practicalities of survival. —Jack Helbig

Price: $18

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