Mai Dang Lao | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 10 2016
Price: $25
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Inspired in part by a case in Kentucky in which a McDonald’s worker was strip-searched by her manager at the bidding of a scam artist impersonating a police officer, David Jacobi’s play succeeds at striking a fine balance between entertainment and edification. On the one hand, he's a strong storyteller who fills his cautionary tale with intense, believable characters; on the other, he effectively dissects the social conditions that led to this moral outrage with the precision of well-crafted agitprop. Under director Marti Lyons, this Sideshow Theatre ensemble bring Jacobi’s riveting tale to life without pulling any punches or muting his message. Sarah Price, in particular, plumbs the depths of her hapless character (loosely based on the real-life victim, also the subject of the 2011 indie Compliance), and moves us in the process. —Jack Helbig

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