This Great Nation, Much Enduring | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Tricia Scully

This Great Nation, Much Enduring 

When: Fridays. Continues through June 10 2016
Price: $20
chicagoslamworks.com
A long-shot presidential candidate blunders through his home state’s primary in this political satire from Chicago Slam Works. In poetic monologues, we also hear from voters, veterans, and volunteers, who convey the angry mood of the electorate, though it’s not always clear why they’re angry. The written-by-committee script is supposed to be about 2016, but it often feels more like 2008, focusing on the country’s military misadventures instead of the economic uncertainty that has fueled recent populist movements on both the left and the right. A cast of motormouths—including a tightly wound Felix Mayes as the candidate and Teagan Walsh-Davis as his charismatically amoral chief adviser—turn J.W. Basilo’s fleet staging into a showcase for vigorous acting and vocal dexterity. —Zac Thompson

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