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

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 26 2013

This immersive, site-specific drama, directed by Cora Bissett and written by Stef Smith (it debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2010), is staged on a bus and in a nondescript Bucktown apartment that soon starts to feel like a lower circle of hell. We arrive there with Mary, a teenage Nigerian girl, and her countrywoman Martha, who has promised Mary a prosperous life in America. Before long, the girl has been relieved of her passport, raped, held against her will, and forced into a prostitution ring run by a merciless Russian. The apartment's bland seediness and close quarters reinforce the feeling of entrapment and moral squalor, and bring us into almost unbearable proximity to Mercy Ojelade's heartrending Mary and Adura Onashile's tormented Martha. —Zac Thompson

Price: $45

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