Rasheeda Speaking | Rivendell Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 15 2014
Price: $30
This world premiere from local playwright and Victory Gardens ensemble member Joel Drake Johnson examines power dynamics and their underlying racial undertones in a small, three-person doctor’s office. Dr. Williams (played by Eric Slater) promotes his longtime white employee, Ileen (Tara Mallen), to office manager and asks her to spy on his recent African-American hire, Jaclyn (Ora Jones), in the hopes of getting her fired. The result is a mess of intra-office manipulation, where race is tossed around and examined to moderate success. (Though success with such a difficult issue means providing more questions than answers.) Jones and Mallen’s interplay is the strongest and most psychologically complex in the play, not because of race but because it shows what happens to two competitive women in a male-dominated workplace when the gloves come off. —Marissa Oberlander



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