The Play About My Dad | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 28 2015

Boo Killebrew's play (which had a brief Off-Broadway run in 2011) views Hurricane Katrina through the prism of her complex relationship with her father, Larry, an ER doctor in Gulfport, Mississippi, who remained on duty to help patients during the horrific storm. Boo, living in New York, was estranged from her dad at the time; her fear for his safety and her pride in his courage inspired her to write this work. But instead of attempting to realistically dramatize the cataclysm, The Play About My Dad self-referentially focuses on the act of making the play itself, with Boo appearing as a character in her own creation. Boo incorporates the stories of several survivors and victims of the 2005 tragedy, including an elderly woman who had helped raise Larry, two emergency medical workers whom Boo had grown up with, and an eight-year-old boy who ended up in Larry's care after his parents disappeared in rising floodwaters. Director Marti Lyons's midwest premiere is beautifully acted and inventively designed. —Albert Williams

Price: $42, $37 seniors, $18 students, teachers, and military


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