Night Over Erzinga | Chicago Temple, First United Methodist Church, Pierce Hall | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 11 2012
Price: $30-$40
Adriana Sevahn Nichols's new play is essentially about the persistence of trauma through multiple generations. A sort of inheritable PTSD has struck the Oghidanian family, many of whose members suffered and died during the Armenian genocide that started in 1915, spanned eight years, and is thought to have killed 1.5 million people. Neither time nor distance offers immunity. Ardavast Oghidanian left for America before the carnage really got under way yet seems as damaged as if he'd been a survivor. Even his granddaughter Estrella feels the effects. In a world full of atrocities (and the children of atrocities), this is an important and powerful theme. You'd think that Nichols's script would be enhanced by the fact that she discovered that theme in her own family. But just the opposite is true. This is a classic instance of the author being too close to her material. She can't part with facts that don't serve her fiction, and so we get nearly three hours of too much information. —Tony Adler



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