Redlined | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays. Continues through March 13 2015
Price: $20
To anyone who can sit through this play without feeling personally attacked at some point: Congratulations, you're a liar. In the Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble's poetic, politically pertinent original one-act, a rolling cast of characters ride out about 15 polished episodes on and along the Howard-bound Red Line, each a finely grained exploration of gentrification and other urban issues. Even when race isn't explicit in the dialogue, it's frequently made uncomfortably obvious that a given scene wouldn't be happening if the person involved were white. Six actors, white and black, carry this wide psychological load with unaffected and highly affecting performances. But it's not all stupefying gloom. There's also some pungent ridicule of public bureaucrats and private citizens alike—Lakeview bros can't catch a break, and neither can the mayor, whom the production playfully degrades, portraying him alternately as a slippery hypocrite or pissy little baby. In Rahm's Chicago, tourists are the blaring headlines, suffering residents the buried lede. Not so here. —Jena Cutie



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