Slaughter City | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 4 2011
Price: $10-$15
Naomi Wallace's poetic, intentionally disjointed, sometimes dream-like 1996 play raises important issues about labor unions and contemporary working conditions in the meatpacking industry. It also offers a vivid account of the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. What it doesn't do is assemble its interesting characters and potentially dramatic moments into a coherent play, with either a compelling story or a political message that runs deeper than the assertion that bosses make workers work too hard. The cast of Kaiser Ahmed's Jackalope Theatre Company production are part of the problem: Many of them don't seem to know how to negotiate the difficult twists and tricks in Wallace's self-consciously Brechtian script. John Milewski's one-note performance as the company boss, for instance, flattens every scene he's in. --Jack Helbig



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