The Exonerated | Josephine Louis Theater, Northwestern University | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Exonerated The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 5 2013

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's 2002 play purports to document the wrongful convictions and later releases of six death row inmates. So you'd think it would be obsessive about the facts, the way it rightfully demands our justice system ought to be. But the script, produced by Cat Miller for Next Theatre, packs a complex set of cases into a two-dimensional framework: venal, racist cops and the cherubic targets of their persecution. We see Robert Earl Hayes's conviction overturned, for instance, but don't see his later guilty plea in a case similar to the original one. And though the play doesn't reveal it, two other subjects were never legally exonerated, having copped pleas for release in retrials. There's certainly injustice afoot in all the cases presented here, but the antidote is truth, not spin. —Keith Griffith

Price: $10-$25

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