The Wolf at the End of the Block | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 26 2017

With his consuming 85-minute drama The Wolf at the End of the Block, given a compelling Teatro Vista world premiere under Ricardo Gutiérrez's air-tight direction, Chicago playwright Ike Holter shows he's gloriously out of step with current trends among big-name, award-winning American playwrights. While like many of them he writes about pressing social issues, here the debilitating effects of police oppression on a majority-nonwhite community like Humboldt Park, he never wastes a moment, never lets his characters dawdle through extended demonstrations of their quirks, never diddles around the edges his story in search of "interesting" but dramatically irrelevant encounters. He avoids moral schematics and easy sympathy. And most uniquely, he never mistakes forced poesis or overworked metaphors for dialogue. Continue reading >>

Price: $20-$30

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