The Old Settler | Writers Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Old Settler The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 28 2010

Set in Harlem during World War II, John Henry Redwood's 1997 play swims in local color--in legendary nightclubs and church suppers, zoot suits and maid uniforms, country bumpkins and urban slicks. Redwood clearly loves the period and the place and lays on cool details like the information that Harlem slang for a hot dog was "pimp steak." But his story--in which lonely, 55-year-old Elizabeth falls, foolishly, for a man about half her age--could happen anywhere. Redwood tells it with an appealing combination of compassion, humor, and precision, and Ron OJ Parson gives it a solid staging centered on sharp, sweet performances from Cheryl Lynn Bruce as Elizabeth and Wandachristine as her sister Quilly. The spark is missing, though: Kelvin Roston Jr. needs to put more Stanley Kowalski into his performance as the young man. --Tony Adler

Price: $40-$65

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