Redeemers | Rocco Ranalli’s Cafe and Pizzeria | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Redeemers Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Tue., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Nov. 21, 6 p.m. and Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19 2010

Bilal Dardai's canny one-act starts where A Christmas Carol leaves off--with a mean old miser making an abrupt about-face. But in this modern-day sequel, Bob Cratchit ain't buying it. After years of taking abuse, Dardai's Cratchit figure, Nick, refuses to believe his boss's new kindliness is real. So the put-upon clerk and two accomplices pull a series of increasingly cruel pranks on their employer to see if he'll revert to his old ways. Jessica Hutchinson's sharp, site-specific staging for New Leaf Theatre has the trio telling their story--part confession, part self-justification--to their fellow patrons (us) at a pizzeria. A clever reversal of a classic becomes a shrewd and probing exploration of the corrosive effects of withholding forgiveness. --Zac Thompson

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