Night and Day | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 14 2010
Price: $30-$50
At times, Tom Stoppard's 1978 play looks a lot like it could be about colonialism. It's set in a fictional sub-Saharan African nation recently freed from British rule and run by a military despot who's dealing with a leftist insurgency. There's a lot of mineral wealth in the ground, so the Cold War powers are actively interested. We hear talk of Cuban pilots and Yemeni planes. But that's all just background. The real subject is the role of journalism and journalists, not only in the third world but in the so-called free one, as well. Night and Day is a classic play of ideas: A situation is set up, interests are staked out, and everybody gets their say. Stoppard's fearlessness makes it interesting--that, and his willingness to add a little sex to the exchange. He never met a paradox he didn't like--intellectual or sexual--and so the debate is full of surprises. But James Bohnen's Remy Bumppo production is too weak to sustain Stoppard's complexities. Time changes are muddled and the acting lacks vividness. Most strangely, Linda Gillum plays the fulcrum role of an industrialist's unhappy wife as if she were in something by Noel Coward. --Tony Adler



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