The Black-Eyed | Lincoln Square Theatre, Berry Memorial United Methodist Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Black-Eyed The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 18 2009

Betty Shamieh's 90-minute play feels like something you'd expect from an exceptionally talented college student looking for a certain kind of approval. The premise--four Palestinian women from different eras (Delilah of Samson and Delilah fame, a victim of the Crusades, a Gaza suicide bomber, and an architect living in America) meet in the afterlife--recalls Caryl Churchill's Top Girls. The poetic style of presentation suggests Ntozake Shange. It's admirably high-minded, just sexy enough for tang, and its politics--hate the occupation, not the Jews; hate male oppression, not men; envision progress--couldn't be better pitched for academic acceptance. Its occasional cutting passages don't compensate for the sense that what it really wants from us is a good grade, and despite an engaging performance from Monica Lopez as Delilah, Tony Adams's production doesn't find a way to mitigate that. Part of Halcyon Theatre's Alcyone Festival. --Tony Adler

Price: $10-$20, festival pass $50

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