Execution of Justice | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Execution of Justice 

Emily Mann's docudrama comes off as melodrama in About Face Theatre's much anticipated but disappointing revival. The play recounts the 1978 murders of liberal San Francisco mayor George Moscone and gay activist Harvey Milk by their psychologically unstable political rival, ex-policeman Dan White, who served a mere five years for the crime, then committed suicide. The events--including the street riot that followed the verdict--embody the bitter culture wars still in evidence today. But rather than let the facts speak for themselves, director Gary Griffin's 12-member ensemble indulges in strident overacting, accompanied by intrusive, manipulative musical commentary by percussionist Andy Jones. The only emotionally honest performance comes from Steve Key as White, which makes the killer more sympathetic than Mann probably intended. --Albert Williams a Through 2/18: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, first-floor main stage, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $20-$45.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
July 15
Galleries & Museums
May 28

Popular Stories