The Invasion of Skokie Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through June 23 2013

"Invasion" in the title has a double meaning, referring to attempts by the American Nazi Party to march in Skokie in the late 70s and to a devout Jewish father's feelings of displeasure when his daughter becomes engaged to a Lutheran. But playwright Steven Peterson's sweet, shallow script never penetrates very deeply, emotionally or intellectually, and neither does Rachel Edwards Harvith's drab production. None of the performances are convincing—even the lovers feel more like friends. And as the supposedly fanatical father, who pulls both plot strands together, Neal Grofman doesn't deliver the intensity one expects from a man who's part of an armed Jewish Defense League-inspired militia, planning to shoot it out with the Nazis should they dare to show up. —Jack Helbig

Price: $10-$28

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