War Song | Berger Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

War Song Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 19 2014

The Plagiarists' production of Jessica Wright Buha's Civil War-centered one-act looks at the power of speech and racism’s lingering toxicity through the eyes of Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood of the United States Colored Infantry. The best parts of the show are the poetry and comic relief from a bumbling Walt Whitman (played by Christopher Marcum) and the period-appropriate music from Wyatt Kent, Sean McGill, and Kathryn Miller. The rest feels unfocused and superficial, employing a blind-faith patriotism that’s difficult to relate to. As Fleetwood’s wife Sara, Jyreika Guest faithfully provides the voice of reason throughout, noting there’s no glory in war and needless death. But once Christian drops his rhetoric and decides “a rifle makes a quiet man suddenly able to shout," what have we really learned here? —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $25, $15 for students and seniors

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