Solstice | A Red Orchid Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 23 2014
Price: $25-$30
I admire A Red Orchid Theatre's commitment to producing new writers; there’s not enough of that happening in this otherwise thrilling theater town. The company's latest production is the U.S. premiere of Solstice by Zinnie Harris. Like Caryl Churchill's Far Away, Solstice is set in a dystopian landscape and charts the way war distorts any sense of normality and inspires internalized violence and brutality, often in the name of religion. But Harris's work lacks the surprise or concision of Churchill's: Harris's world is too close to Northern Ireland or the Middle East to feel wholly allegorical—and yet Solstice is also too vague to pass as realism. While there is some masterful acting to watch here (Kirsten Fitzgerald and newcomer Danny Luwe), some casting choices don’t work. —Suzanne Scanlon



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