Native Son | Court Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 12 2014
Price: $45-$65
Richard Wright opens his engrossing, traumatizing 1940 novel Native Son in a run-down one-room kitchenette. Bigger Thomas, the story's murderous 20-year-old protagonist, lives there with his mother, brother, and sister—and a marauding rat. For Wright this cramped apartment in Chicago's black belt, the only neighborhood where African-Americans are allowed to live, epitomized the prevailing conditions in urban black America. Like the surrounding slum, the kitchenette cages Bigger, keeping meaningful opportunities for advancement or human connection beyond reach. In Nambi E. Kelley's new stage adaptation, a coproduction of Court Theatre and American Blues Theater, the conditions of the Thomas kitchenette barely register. That's partly because Regina Garcia's handsome open set renders the apartment visually indistinguishable from most other locations in the peripatetic show. But it's also because director Seret Scott gives the novel's opening scene, in which Bigger defends his family against the charging rat, an almost lighthearted tone. It evoked copious chuckles on opening night. Continue reading >>
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