Gender Breakdown | Collaboraction | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Anna Sodziak

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 19 2017
Price: $15-$30
After the Profiles Theatre abuse scandal and the creation of Not in Our House comes playwright Dani Bryant’s ensemble-devised primer on gender disparity in Chicago theater. With a script assembled from interviews with more than 200 local theater makers as well as personal stories from the ten performers, these presentational 70 minutes cover a litany of deeply entrenched systemic biases: hypersexualization of certain female types, exoticization of women of color, pervasive unwillingness to see women as legitimate protagonists, near total erasure of non-cis nonmales. Insightful and provocative, although occasionally repetitive (and largely blind to class issues), Gender Breakdown is more a compelling expression of outrage and solidarity than a nuanced examination of complicated issues. Director Erica Vannon’s grounded cast speak with such candor they never seem to be acting at all. —Justin Hayford

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