The People’s History of the United States | Blue Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 24 2008
Phone: 312-458-0895
This is unquestionably the best elementary school-style history pageant I’ve ever seen. Or expect to see. Beginning its chronology with preconquest Native Americans and working through every major marker from the first Thanksgiving to 9/11, Andrew Park’s staging uses period songs and speeches to tell an evenhanded, tenderhearted, occasionally powerful version of America’s story. That telling can get hokey at times, too—but it’s an unashamed kind of hokey, more than counterbalanced by well-honed harmonies and design that embraces the homemade with high craft. (TA)

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