Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology | Collaboraction | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 10 2013
Price: $15-$25
Conceived and directed by Collaboraction's Anthony Moseley, this look at Chicago street violence hits home in a way that's difficult to shake. The ensemble-devised script focuses on three crimes of recent memory: the 2000 mistaken-identity killing of 12-year-old Orlando Patterson, the unprovoked 2010 baseball bat assault on twentysomethings Stacy Jurich and Natasha McShane during a night out in Wicker Park, and the murder earlier this year of teen rapper Lil Jojo after an online gang feud. Collaboraction goes further than merely identifying the problem. In an admirable search for community-based solutions, the show references historical precedents, local activists, and a visit to a juvenile detention center. Moseley clearly recognizes the limitations of a piece of theater when it comes to curing a citywide epidemic, but Crime Scene's mix of profound sadness and inexplicable hope fosters more anger and self-reflection than any news report. —Marissa Oberlander



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