The Promise of a Rose Garden | City Lit Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Steven Townshend

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 10 2016
Price: $10
To date, no women have graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course, the psychologically and physically demanding 86-day crucible soldiers must pass through in order to become commanders. Dustin Spence's new play imagines the first class of female candidates in which some are successful—fertile ground for some sophisticated ideas about the politics of tokenism and the unique burdens carried by trailblazers. Elyse Dawson's production capitalizes on those themes at fleeting moments; overall, though, the play is so dramaturgically clumsy that it starts spinning its wheels two-thirds of the way through. Nonchronological storytelling, outsize performances, and military platitudes further hinder the emotional impact Babes With Blades seems to be aiming for. —Dan Jakes



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