The Other Shore | Lincoln Square Theatre, Berry Memorial United Methodist Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 21 2009

In 1986, in China, this unconventional theater piece was controversial enough to be banned. Here and now, however, it just seems a little quaint--the kind of thing you might see done by a drama teacher who's been reading too much Grotowski. Written by Chinese expat and 2000 Nobel literature laureate Gao Xingjian, The Other Shore is an episodic, nonlinear exploration of human interactions, especially where they concern individuals pitted against mobs. In one scene, a kind teacher's students turn on her. In another, a whore's clients do the same. In a third, something very, very similar happens to a guy who won't pretend he didn't see what he saw. The repetition makes sense when you know that the author was persecuted during the Cultural Revolution, but that doesn't make this Halcyon Theatre show any more interesting to watch. The one true pleasure it offers is the chance to spend 75 minutes with a beautiful, imbued young cast. --Tony Adler

Price: $5-$20


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