Our Country's Good | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Timberlake Wertenbaker's oft-produced 1988 script, about a group of British inmates attempting to stage a play in the first Australian penal colony, is packed with story lines: the founding of Australia as a prison, the attempt to govern with reason instead of cruelty, the redemptive power of love, the redemptive power of theater. They're all underdeveloped, overwritten, and boring. Director Roger Smart drags things out for two and a half hours in this talky Shattered Globe production, yet he creates credible stage worlds only in fleeting moments. The cast's routinely unintelligible accents span all parts of the British Empire—both real and imaginary—and Smart's tropical-beachfront set makes it seem like a community theater production of South Pacific should break out any minute. —Justin Hayford



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