Roz and Ray | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Roz and Ray The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 11 2016

One of my most cherished Chicago theater memories is of Mary Beth Fisher as AIDS researcher Emma Brookner in TimeLine's 2013 production of The Normal Heart, particularly her cathartic, profanity-laced second-act speech directed against the slow-moving medical establishment. In Karen Hartman's new two-hander, Fisher plays a similar role, but on the opposite side of the righteousness equation. Once a hero to the father of two hemophiliac boys (James Vincent Meredith), Fisher's Dr. Roz Kagan becomes the target of vitriol and ethical misgiving when an advanced blood product she promoted turns out to be a means of HIV transmission. While keeping the stakes grounded at the human level, Victory Gardens artistic director Chay Yew's production sheds light on a tremendous historical dilemma in a fierce, thought-provoking 90 minutes. —Dan Jakes

Price: $27-$60


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