Speaking in Tongues: The Chronicles of Babel | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Speaking in Tongues: The Chronicles of Babel Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2011

Playwright Shepsu Aakhu interviewed eight members of his extended family about the years they spent living in the Washington Park housing project, which used to stand near Lake Park and 41st. The resulting show, consisting of verbatim excerpts from those interviews, is digressive, making the two acts appear nearly identical and the two-hour running time feel destinationless. I couldn't have cared less. Aakhu's insightful, engaged, articulate interviewees make extraordinary company, and director Andrea Dymond's exquisite cast speak with the kind of graceful candor that makes everything ring true. Best of all, Aakhu understands that good theater isn't social work or group therapy. He offers no lessons but simply charts the evolution of complex lives lived in a nearly impossible situation. --Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$30


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