Enola | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays. Continues through June 15 2012
Price: $10-$20
This one-act by British playwright Al Smith juxtaposes the public horror unleashed by America's World War II atomic bomb program, the Manhattan Project, with private cataclysms surrounding a fictional character who's supposed to have designed and named the Enola Gay—the B-29 that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. (In reality, "Enola Gay" was the mother of pilot Paul Tibbets.) Smith works in testimony from a journalist who was one of the first to enter the ruined Japanese city, and there are solemn debates among Manhattan Project scientists about the morality of their actions. But neither the script nor Jaclynn Jutting's somewhat clunky staging is fully engaging, and Smith's portrait of "Rockwood, Kansas" (a stand-in for Bellevue, Nebraska, where the B-29s were actually built) feels cloying and condescending. —Kerry Reid



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