Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-09-04
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

THEATER REVIEW Admissions
by Mary Shen Barnidge
2019-04-05

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Playwright: Joshua Harmon

At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: TheaterWit.org and 773-975-8150; $25-$42. Runs through: May 12

Historically, the children of rich parents attended college, while those of poor parents were sent to trade schools. The mid-20th-century introduction of government-funded facilities offering a variety of curricula, however, has led to confusion over the differing purposes of these institutions, culminating in the popular myth of certification by the "right" school guaranteeing the recipient thereof a future blessed by both social and financial success.

This is the credo marketed by Bill and Sherri Mason—respectively, headmaster and admissions officer of Hillcrest prep, a privately funded secondary school grooming its gifted students for entrance to top-tier universities. In accordance with today's values, they stoutly support extending their services to youngsters of less privileged lineage, but on this particular day, the Masons have learned that their own son has been refused early acceptance at prestigious Yale University—an honor readily bestowed on his mixed-race bestie.

If your response is to ask why young Charlie Mason can't simply enroll at some other college, you haven't been following the latest news reports ( which our play predates by an entire year ). At first, the distraught lad's progenitors comfort him as he vents anger and frustration at what he sees as refutation of his scholarly industry, but no sooner have his mentors reaffirmed their equal-access-for-everyone stance than Sherri embarks on a clandestine campaign aimed at reversing the—horror and woe!—injustice inflicted upon her offspring. Even after Charlie recants his vituperation and expresses his willingness to advocate for the greater good, his sacrifice only spurs his elders to redouble their Macchiavellian tactics.

Director Jeremy Wechsler and an adroit ensemble reject the temptation to mock their misguided personae, but instead maintain an earnest intensity never giving way to comic exaggeration—no easy task when the text includes a 20-minute rant delivered at full adolescent fury by Kyle Curry.

While the dramatic stakes in Joshua Harmon's incisive criticism may not invoke the all-inclusive sympathy of his groundbreaking ( and structurally similar ) Bad Jews, there is no denying the evidence of a generation claiming the moral high ground since the 1960s, having secured their lofty bulwark, abandoning their principles in pursuit of preserving the advantages gained thereby—hubris deserving of examination by youthful inquisitors.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

About Face Theatre Announces Complete 2019-2020 Season 2019-09-15 - The About Face Theatre season will feature three hyper-intimate main stage productions that reveal multiple perspectives within the LGBTQ+ community, along with our ...


Gay News

Steppenwolf for Young Adults to premier The Brothers Size 2019-09-12 - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2019 ) — Returning to the stage for the first time since its celebrated Chicago premiere, Steppenwolf for Young ...


Gay News

Black Ensemble Theater to present The Be Gala 2019 2019-09-12 - Chicago, IL—The acclaimed Black Ensemble Theater, led by Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor, celebrates 43 years of musical theater excellence in Chicago with ...


Gay News

LEZFEST, with queer female and non-binary performance artists, expands 2019-09-12 - LEZFEST, a presentation and celebration of queer female and non-binary performance artists, expands to two nights - Tuesday October 22 and Wednesday October ...


Gay News

Theater: Be Here Now 2019-09-11 - Playwright: Deborah Zoe Laufer At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: ShatteredGlobe.org 773-925-8150; $42 Runs through: Oct. 19 ...


Gay News

Steppenwolf Theatre Company begins 44th Season with The Great Leap 2019-09-11 - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2019 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company's 2019/20 season of complex, beautiful and maddening theater kicks off with a thrilling ...


Gay News

Critics' Picks 2019-09-10 - You Can't Fake the Funk, Black Ensemble through Sept. 22—Funk music tribute with two dozen '60s, '70s and early '80s songs, exceptionally well ...


Gay News

Architecture Center announces new neighborhoods, Year of Chicago Theatre trail 2019-09-10 - CHICAGO ( Sept. 10, 2019 ) — The Chicago Architecture Center ( CAC ) today announced the full roster of neighborhoods and sites ...


Gay News

YEPP director receives theater award 2019-09-09 - On Aug. 8, Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) Executive/Artistic Director Bonsai Bermudez received the "Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement" ...


Gay News

Janus' 'Camelot' has female-identifying Lancelot 2019-09-09 - Janus Concert Series ( with Artistic Director Kaitlin Galetti ) kicks off its sophomore season with a full concert production of Lerner and ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.