Wine in the Wilderness and Florence | ETA Creative Arts Foundation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Wine in the Wilderness and Florence Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 3 2013

African-American playwright Alice Childress wrote these two one-acts 20 years apart, and it shows in the evolving sophistication they demonstrate. The 1949 Florence—Childress's first play—depicts a fraught conversation between a poor black woman and an affluent, condescending white one in a segregated train station. It makes an historically interesting, if not greatly enlightening, warm-up for Wine in the Wilderness—a layered 1969 work that similarly but more provocatively questions the signifiers of black identity. Mignon McPherson Stewart directs both, but only Wine manages to come across as more than an academic exercise, thanks to Alicia Ivy White's humorous performance as an artist's muse. —Dan Jakes

Price: $15-$30

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