Photograph 51 | Berry Memorial United Methodist Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Anna Ziegler’s tasty new play about Rosalind Franklin, the British physicist whose invaluable contribution to early DNA research has remained largely ignored, is simple in the best ways. It distills complicated science and even more complicate interpersonal politics—Franklin, a Jewish woman, is doubly suspect in the WASP-y all-male halls of the 1950s scientific establishment—into distilled, comprehensible nuggets. But simplicity never diminishes the material’s potency or poignancy; Ziegler’s as fascinated with the forces that kept Franklin relegated to the background as the fateful moments that changed science, and human hearts, forever. Director Elizabeth Lovelady’s agile staging for 20% Theatre Company is sure-footed enough to more than compensate for the rudimentary production values, and the wholly engaging cast make potentially bookish material vibrant and heartfelt. —Justin Hayford



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