Herbert III/Contribution | ETA Creative Arts Foundation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 22 2010
Price: $15-$30
Mixing family dynamics and stark racial politics, these two Nixon-era one-acts by Ted Shine remain fresh, potent, and funny. In the sharp, sweet "Contribution," the kindly old granny of a civil rights activist secretly does her bit for the cause--and one-ups the kid--by poisoning the local sheriff. Felishia McNeal delivers a strong, well-balanced cocktail of clowning and steel as the granny. "Herbert III" scores as an earthy, closely observed domestic comedy (hyper-fretful mom rouses grumpy, horny dad when their teenage son stays out late) but the political dynamite embedded in the story (an older son is in prison for shooting a cop) fizzles as impassioned exposition gives way to shtick. --Dan Weissmann



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