Two Rooms | Chase Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 8 2016
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You'd think a 1990 hostage drama about an American professor kidnapped and held for ransom in the Middle East would be prescient. Instead, Lee Blessing's rudimentary one-act reduces its characters—the captive, his mourning wife, an ambitious reporter, and a reluctant bureaucrat—to magic-realist stereotypes. In scenes that seem to repeat themselves, a State Department official who urges patience butts heads with the journalist, who's convinced that pressure and media exposure can help force the release of the hostage. The fact that—spoiler alert—the government official cares personally about the case is somehow treated as a revelation. Chad Gilliland's production for Honest Theatre (with Fury Theatre) magnifies the biggest flaw in Blessing's script, namely, that all four characters wear their one and only intention prominently on their sleeves. —Dan Jakes



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