Purple Heart | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Purple Heart Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 27 2013

Bruce Norris's 2002 play unfolds in 1972, in the nondescript home of Carla, a desperately unhappy alcoholic whose husband was killed while serving in Vietnam. She shares the place with her morbid teenage son and unflappable mother-in-law. One day Carla meets and starts to fall for Purdy, a disabled Vietnam vet with a misanthropic streak. Purdy apparently shares that last quality with the playwright, who undertakes Carla's undoing with relish, throwing in several gross-out scenes involving blood, vomit, and a prosthetic hand. The whole thing feels contrived and mean. Director Jimmy McDermott handles the grisly stuff clumsily, the cast fail to find the right rhythm for Norris's snappy dialogue, and KC Karen Hill's Carla is bratty and not much else. --Zac Thompson

Price: $25-$35


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