The War Zone Is My Bed | Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 14 2014
Price: $20
Yasmine Beverly Rana's play begins with the wartime affair between Dahlia (Laura Stephenson) and Peter (Brendan Murphy), an American journalist reporting in Sarajevo in 1994. The romance is brief: Peter returns to his wife in New York, while Dahlia becomes the writer he urged her to be, documenting terror and suffering in war-torn regions from Kabul to Dubrovnik, including the story of Laila (Rasika Ranganathan), an Afghan widow-turned-prostitute. Still, Dahlia is haunted by questions raised in this early affair: Who gets to tell a story? What does it mean to be a consumer of tales of suffering? The questions implicate the audience, reminding us of the ways in which we too are voyeurs. The work could use some tightening—a few scenes feel unnecessary—but bravo to Halcyon Theatre for bringing Rana's smart voice to Chicago. —Suzanne Scanlon



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