The Passions of Emma Goldman | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 22 2014
Price: $28
The once notorious anarchist Emma Goldman is best known today for pithy T-shirt-size quotations like "If I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution" (something she never actually said). But there was a time when J. Edgar Hoover considered her the most dangerous woman in America. Almost none of the fiery side of Goldman appears in this sweet, slightly soporific solo show written by and starring Chicago actress Roslyn Alexander. Instead we get a rambling though sometimes fascinating book report on Goldman, chronicling her life from a Russian shtetl to the tenements of Pittsburgh and New York and her concomitant rise in fame as a rabble-rouser. The outlines for a better show are visible, but Alexander the actor (and her director, Dennis Zacek) should have asked Alexander the writer for more rewrites—and a compelling reason for Goldman to be onstage telling us her story. —Jack Helbig



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