Saviour? | ETA Creative Arts Foundation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Saviour? The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 11 2014

Esther Armah’s two-person agitprop play, about a white man suing for reverse discrimination and the African-American who has chosen to represent him, is packed with fascinating, pointed observations about white male privilege and the still-fraught relations between whites and African-Americans in Obama’s America. However, Armah makes it clear from get-go that she is stacking the deck. At least as portrayed by Keith Cavanaugh, Billy Hall, the white male, is a mere straw man utterly unworthy of sympathy, by turns hateful, hypocritical, angry, arrogant, bullying, inflexible, sneaky, and ignorant. In contrast, Hall’s lawyer, Michael Jamal Williams III (ably played by Parrish Morgan), is a saint. Though flawed, Williams is also intensely likable, wise, and funny. Why he has chosen to represent a reprobate like Hall is one of the great mysteries of this imperfect play. —Jack Helbig

Price: $30, $15 for students and seniors

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