Moon Man Walk | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Joe Mazza

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 25 2018
Price: $25
In James Ijames's gentle, emotionally intimate drama, Monarch (Debo Balogun), a librarian and aspiring writer in California, returns to his boyhood home of Philadelphia after the death of his mother Esther (Shadana Patterson). The homecoming stirs memories of Monarch's upbringing as the only child of a single mom; Esther had told young Monarch that his dad (Michael Anthony Rawlins) was an astronaut, marooned on the moon, to hide the fact that the father was in jail—a truth revealed only when adult Monarch goes through Esther's effects. Under the skillful and sensitive direction of Tyla Abercrumbie, this Definition Theatre Company production supports the actors' fine performances with evocative visual design, bringing to life the play's poetry as well as its realistic aspects. While the story is rooted in the specifics of its characters and setting, it also speaks to the near-universal experience of the parent-child relationship, a bond of trust sometimes disfigured by well-intentioned deception. —Albert Williams



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