Do-Gooder | 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 1 2014
Price: $18
Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin's new play, receiving its world premiere, takes elements from Ibsen's A Doll's House—particularly the controlling husband and his increasingly assertive wife—and tells a contemporary tale of a young, white, upwardly mobile pair whose lives are overturned when their new do-gooder landlords evict them from their fabulous apartment in favor of a poor African-American couple. The result is a remarkable, slyly told meditation on gender and racial politics, and how genuinely hard it is to really make a difference. Ann Filmer's intelligent direction and pitch-perfect casting bring out the best in Jacqmin's script. Meghan Reardon and Kyle Haden are particularly fine as Nora, the downtrodden wife, and Gordon, the landlord who inadvertently awakens her to her dilemma—and her potential for a better life. —Jack Helbig



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