Speech & Debate | The Edge Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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courtesy Brown Paper Box

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 4 2018
Price: $25
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As Brown Paper Box Co.'s charming but brutal show begins, the mayor of Salem, Oregon, is outed as a poster in gay forums in what a radio host calls "the biggest political scandal in Oregon's history." Meanwhile, manic cub reporter Solomon (Darren Patin, in a plausibly horrifying rendition of abject puberty) claims to have the goods on a North Salem High drama teacher and threatens to expose his pedophilia. Friendships form, uplift dawns, Deanalís Resto does bedroom diva angst to a T as Diwata, who dreams of adapting Arthur Miller's The Crucible into a striptease musical. Playwright Stephen Karam (The Humans) hammers home the injunction to be yourself at all costs, but what truly impresses here is Diwata's duet with Howie (Trevor Bates), in which they play Miller's accused Salem witch Mary Warren and a gay teenage Abraham Lincoln respectively. —Max Maller

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