Our Lady of the Underpass | 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 1 2010
Price: $16
In April 2005, a salt stain on the wall of the I-94 underpass at Fullerton struck passersby with its resemblance to the Virgin Mary. Flocks of the faithful and the curious came to see, and to pay tribute with flowers and candles. Playwright Tanya Saracho saw the potential for a theatrical forum on faith, and the result is her sometimes hilarious, sometimes moving Our Lady of the Underpass. Based on interviews Saracho conducted at the Fullerton site, it consists mainly of monologues spoken by six characters talking to an invisible, silent interlocutor. It's Saracho's genius to keep questions of reality unresolved, to leave open the gap between an indisputable fact--a salt stain on a cement wall--and what human beings make of it: art, faith. --Laura Molzahn



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