The River Bride | Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Tom McGrath

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 18 2017
Price: free-$20
There's an eye-catching prop by Ellie Terrell that sums up the layered, enchanting aura of Marisela Treviño Orta's 2014 one-act: in a Brazilian village along the Amazon River, as a father muses aloud about the mysteries of love, he slices a knife into a giant iridescent cloth fish, revealing a skeleton of wooden blinds and soft, plush bloodied guts. It's at once childlike and grotesque, qualities that speak to the best of Orta's fable and this all-Latinx Halcyon Theatre production directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary. Two sisters (Sofia Tew and Flavia Pallozzi) reevaluate their romantic paths when a seemingly perfect suitor (Nate Santana) disrupts a wedding. I found myself engrossed in the playfulness of Orta's poetry, and Santana radiates magic with a performance that carefully balances empathetic realism with heightened, surreal expression. —Dan Jakes



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