The Amish Project | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Amish Project The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 4 2016

A decade ago last month Charles Roberts walked into the Amish school at Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, took ten little girls hostage, and shot them all before killing himself. His act might've been considered a run-of-the-mill post-Columbine atrocity if not for the Amish community's response. They forgave Roberts and treated his widow and children with kindness. In Jessica Dickey's "fictional exploration of a true event," a solo actor plays seven characters, including versions of the gunman, the widow, a scholar, two non-Amish women, and two of the victims. Though the 75-minute piece occupies a problematic limbo between fact and imagining, it can be intensely moving. Sarah Gise gets us only part of the way there. As directed by David Connelly for Interrobang Theatre, Gise's physical work is interesting; her vocal range is too limited, however, to yield convincingly differentiated characters. —Tony Adler

Price: $17, $12 students and seniors


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