Defamation | Unitarian Church of Evanston | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Oct. 30 and Fri., Nov. 5 2010
Price: $20
Written by Todd Logan and directed by Richard Shavzin, this show is more an exercise in applied civics than a play. Regina Wade is a financially strapped African-American graphic designer, Arthur Golden a wealthy Jewish real estate developer. One wiltingly hot day, Wade shleps from the south side to Golden's palatial digs in Winnetka to discuss a pro bono job she may do for a theater company on whose board Golden sits. When Golden’s heirloom watch goes missing, he decides she took it and makes trouble for her with her best client even though he can't prove she's the culprit. The damage is bad enough that she brings a $500,000 civil suit against him for defamation. Through two acts, we hear testimony in the resulting court case, and at the end we the audience are asked to vote: Who’s side are we on, the struggling black woman's or the rich Jew's? The production is competent and mildly intriguing, but I couldn't help feeling gamed. I mean, how can we vote against a lady who has to take public transportation all the way to Winnetka? --Tony Adler



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