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The Project(s) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 21 2015

In 2011 local playwright Shepsu Aakhu staged an oral history of Chicago's now demolished Washington Park housing project, using verbatim transcripts of interviews with his family members who lived there. The result: two hours of concentrated, resonant truth. For this American Theater Company oral history project, playwrights PJ Paparelli and Joshua Jaeger take an opposite approach—and get an opposite result. They cobble together 100-plus interviews with former and current CHA residents, academics, and city officials into a broad outline covering so much history and so many issues it's more reductive and instructive than resonant. Moments of concentrated truth do arise, thanks to the nuanced work of the eight-person cast. Even more might if Paparelli didn't insist on displaying his directorial cleverness at every opportunity. —Justin Hayford

Price: $38-$48

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