Militant Language | Albany Park building | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Fridays. Continues through Nov. 21 2008
Phone: 312-458-9170
Price: $10-$20
Sean Christopher Lewis has set his new play in Iraq, where two American soldiers' efforts to conceal the death of a civilian teenager undermine the legitimacy of their already undisciplined unit. But the play is no more about the current war than Casablanca is about World War II. Alternating scenes from a conventional military thriller with enigmatic forays into surreal lyricism--complete with visions borrowed from the Old Testament--Lewis uses the conflict's moral indeterminacy as a lens to examine the human search for order, accountability, and meaning in a horrifyingly relativistic world. In this low-budget, high-intelligence production, director Juan Castaneda and his six-person cast navigate Lewis's unstable moral terrain deftly yet without smoothing the way for the audience. It's a disturbing, fascinating evening. --Justin Hayford



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