A Prayer for the Sandinistas | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge (seated) Louis Smyrtnyk and Kate Robison; Julie Schlesinger, Laura Brennan, Victor Maraña, and Gloria Alvarez

(seated) Louis Smyrtnyk and Kate Robison; Julie Schlesinger, Laura Brennan, Victor Maraña, and Gloria Alvarez

John Oster

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 11 2017
Price: $25
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When the first Polish pope, John Paul II, made Chicago an early stop on his American tour of 1979, reports were circulating nationally that a popular uprising had made strides against the Somoza client regime in Nicaragua. Leigh Johnson's intricate and impressive play encapsulates this historical moment inside the Blaczks' living room on the northwest side, where a family of staidly conservative Polish-Catholic parishioners, having invited a pair of Nicaraguan orphans into the home to experience the papal visit, encounter instead two revolutionary fighters in camouflage and berets. Jonathan Hagloch's staging for Subtext Theater Company is straightforward, with natural dialogue and well-rounded characters that appear to be drawn from Johnson's own past. Kate Robison is stunning in her minor role as Maria, a shy friend of the family. —Max Maller

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