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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 1 2016

Back in 2012, I saw a review by a certain Tribune critic headlined “Here’s why there aren’t more plays about air disasters.” Well, here's how to produce a phenomenal play about an air disaster. Vanessa Stalling adapts and directs Laurence Gonzales's nonfiction account of the 1989 crash landing of United Airlines Flight 232 that claimed 111 of the 296 lives onboard. A collaborative cast of nine retells, minute by minute, everything that went wrong, and more importantly what went right: a terrified but dedicated crew acting instinctively, and passengers getting each others' backs. It's an exquisitely acted and designed piece (a sound-dampening scrim creates an authentic cabin environment) from top to bottom, and a stunning House Theatre debut for actor Echaka Agba. Documentary theater doesn't get much better than this. —Dan Jakes

Price: $30-$35


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