Kingdom | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Kingdom 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

In David Emerson Toney's comic tragedy, inspired by Shakespeare's Richard III, three African-American brothers in late-60s Cleveland struggle to find success and love while hiding family secrets. The first act does little but set the story up, and under Kamesha Jackson's direction the actors seem swallowed by the stage--the monologues drag, the dialogue rings false. But in the second act, once the sparkling Corvet Williams enters as the woman who inadvertently causes the brothers to reveal all, the play comes across as tightly plotted, funny, and resonant. Williams's charisma brightens up the other actors, especially Ethan Henry as a character who doesn't let cerebral palsy get in the way of his happiness. Through 4/9: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 and 7 PM, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, ETA Square, 7558 S. South Chicago, 773-752-3955, $25, two for one Thu and 7 PM Sun (except closing night).

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  → 

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Jennifer Vanasco

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
November 12
Performing Arts
June 26

Popular Stories