Freedom, NY | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 12 2011
Price: $15-$25
A young Mexican man named Gabriel buys a home in a small New York town recently traumatized by a rampage at the local middle school. His presence alone makes the neighbors uneasy, but when he starts building an idiosyncratic Dia de los Muertos display in his front yard, they panic. Jennifer Barclay's "allegory" engages some big issues having to do with race, culture, religious freedom, and the status of the Other in a violent time. But the main message conveyed by this 75-minute Teatro Vista production is that the script is still unfinished. Things that ought to be clear (like precisely what happened at the middle school) are garbled, and oddities that ought to be accounted for (like why nobody calls the police when doing so would make sense) are either ignored or treated implausibly. --Tony Adler



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