You for Me for You | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Michael Tutino

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 8 2018
Price: $20-$30, $15 students
Mia Chung’s grim dark comedy about two sisters struggling to escape the brutal dictatorship in North Korea was first produced back in 2012 at D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theater, but it could easily have been ripped from today’s headlines, so fresh and compelling is Sideshow Theatre Company’s revival under the direction of Elly Green. Chung delivers parallel stories—one sister flees to the U.S. while the other takes a more circuitous escape route (refugees often travel through China and Thailand to find a safe passage to South Korea)—and each journey comes with its own peculiar dangers. Chung’s scenes that show immigrants negotiating the U.S. with only minimal English are particularly poignant. The production has considerable grace and power, thanks in part to Green’s fine, on-point ensemble. Helen Joo Lee and Jin Park are especially moving as the sisters. —Jack Helbig

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