Waiting for Lefty | Oracle Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mondays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 27 2013
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Clifford Odets's 1935 agitprop classic gets the revisionist treatment, and the results are gripping and surprisingly poignant. Set at a union meeting where taxi drivers are considering a strike for better wages, the play alternates between impassioned speeches and flashbacks of various workers getting trampled by the man. Director Matt Foss adopts the "living newspaper" look of Depression-era theater but, in a radical departure from the script, removes any hope of success for the little guys. Lopping off the famously rabble-rousing conclusion, Foss lets the fat cats carry the day—which is both a bummer and an accurate reflection of American corporate power. Ultimately, the show feels less like a call to arms than an elegy for Odets's brand of idealism. —Zac Thompson



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