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The Exonerated 

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The interwoven monologues that make up Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's ballyhooed 2002 docudrama relate the brutal, degrading experiences of six people wrongly sent to death row. But because the script leaves no room for irony, ambiguity, doubt, or suspicion, there's little drama. Every exonerated individual comes across as a sensitive paragon of virtue while every cop, prosecutor, or prison guard is a malicious hick. Meanwhile the playwrights largely ignore the systemic inequities plaguing our capital justice system. After 15 minutes you know what the whole play will be like, except for the dutifully inspirational finale. Director Greg Kolack's unsophisticated production, with its mechanical blocking and mostly unsubtle acting, exacerbates the script's weaknesses. Through 10/15: Fri-Sat 8:30 PM, Sun 3:30 PM, Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, 773-338-2177, $12-$15.

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