Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman | Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 20 2014
Price: free-$20
Mexican playwright Sabina Berman’s 1995 play, staged as part of the Alcyone Festival of women playwrights, is a simultaneously riotous and deadly serious consideration of contemporary sexual politics. Gina (Tamika Lecheé Morales) and Alberto (Derek Garza) are having an affair; when Gina wants more (marriage, a baby), he goes out for a pack of cigarettes and doesn't return for months. The story may be familiar, but Berman's use of Pancho Villa (scene stealer Noe Jara) is delightful: Alberto is writing a book about the legendary Mexican revolutionary, who soon enough comes to stand as much for patriarchal machismo as for liberation. The script invokes melodrama in a way that recalls the work of Pedro Almodóvar, but Berman is wise enough to layer it with meaning, offering reflections on how our heroes shape what we become. For her the specter of Pancho Villa is alive in our contemporary search for redemption, whether it be through revolution, art, or love. Part of Halcyon Theatre's Alcyone Festival of women playwrights. —Suzanne Scanlon



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