Adoration of the Old Woman | Urban Theater Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Debbie Baños and Nydia Castillo

Debbie Baños and Nydia Castillo

Anthony Acardi

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 13 2016
Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $12 students and seniors
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As with his mentor Gabriel García Márquez, José Rivera’s best work is at once realistic and magical, intensely political and deeply personal. Rivera doesn’t quite achieve this perfect balance in Adoration of the Old Woman; here the political issue at stake, Puerto Rican independence, is considerably more compelling than the various half-developed stories of love and loss that fill out the play. Still the work has power and lots of heart, as do the performances in director Juan Castañeda’s sometimes ragged revival for UrbanTheater Company. The best—most notably, Andrew Neftalí Perez and Melissa DuPrey, playing respectively a nationalist and a very opinionated ghost—transcend the limitations of this low-budget production and bring a transcendent life to Rivera’s rich material. —Jack Helbig

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