What Was Mine to Do | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 7 2012
Price: $10-$15
Clearly inspired by the 2002 Islamist beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, this bloated drama considers the ethics of reporting information that might get somebody killed. Or it tries to, anyway. Although Dustin Spence's script was workshopped with reporters, it buries the lede in telling the tale of a kid, fresh out of j-school, who ignores her bosses' sensible commands and lets the world know that a colleague is being held captive in an Afghan cave. Cutting back and forth between the cave and a sanctimonious Chicago newsroom, Doug Long's Strangeloop Theatre production is 30 or 40 minutes too long and practically begs to have its characters fleshed out. The least problematic of them is a mysterious Taliban with infinite patience, who teaches morality through vague aphorisms. —Asher Klein



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