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 2019-03-13
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 Between Riverside and Crazy
by Ada Cheng
2019-01-22

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


At Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr.

Tickets: 773-728-7529 or Redtwist.org; $35-40.

Runs through: Feb. 10

Between Riverside and Crazy, directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary and produced by Redtwist Theatre, delivers a unique experience to the audience.

Sitting at the periphery of the stage ( the living room of an apartment ), the audience experience a high level of closeness and intimacy with the play that they normally may not have while sitting in a traditional theater observing actors on stage from afar. The audience get to feel the tension, the conflict, the love, and ultimately the humanity among actors right there with them.

This play, by 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, centers on a former Black cop, shot six times by a white cop, and his relationships with his former colleagues, tenants, and family amidst a long drawn-settlement for his injury. The scene is set the stage of the living room in a rent-controlled apartment in New York.

Playwright Guirgis beautifully portrays the dilemma facing a Black cop and the conflicting loyalties and polarizing animosity from both sides. He is forever stuck in the no-man's land, questioned by his own community for his complicity with an institution that consistently oppresses and brutalizes his own people yet untrusted and suspected by his white colleagues because of his racial identity. The poignant dialogue between the cop and his former colleagues captures the essence of the way we see victims: Does one need to be innocent to be a victim? Or is one already presumed guilty by association?

All the actors are great performers, engaging and captivating. Kenneth D. Johnson does an excellent job portraying the ex-cop ( or Walter "Pops Washington ), his bitterness and the rediscovery of his own humanity. Almanya Narula does a brilliant job playing the sassy, headstrong, yet endearing Lulu. Adam Bitterman is outstanding as Lieutenant Caro.

The end of the play is a pleasant surprise, circling back to the humanity of the cop amidst the ugliness in the world. Director Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary does a great job bringing out this play's intensity and tenderness on stage.


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

Renee Fleming stars in multi Tony winning musical The Light in the Piazza 2019-03-24 - CHICAGO ( March 24, 2019 )—John Berry CBE and Anthony Lilley OBE for Scenario Two are delighted to announce a new production of ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf 2019-03-24 - Playwright: Ntozake Shange At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472; CourtTheatre.org; $50-$74. Runs through: April 14 Ntozake Shange's death ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Herland 2019-03-23 - Playwright: Grace McLeod At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: Redtwist.org 773-728-7529; $35-$40. Runs through: April 14<] "When people ask ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Hands on a Hardbody 2019-03-20 - Playwright: Doug Wright ( book ), Amanda Green ( lyrics ), Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green ( music ) At: Refuge Theatre Project ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW How to Live on Earth 2019-03-15 - Playwright: MJ Kaufman At: Chimera Ensemble at the Flatiron, 1573 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: ChimeraEnsemble.com; $23. Runs through: March 24 Those ...


Gay News

eta seeking executive director 2019-03-14 - The board of directors for the eta Creative Arts Foundation is seeking an experienced executive director with a strong background in African-American arts ...


Gay News

Ravinia Festival Experience Center, immersive-experience theater, to open 2019-03-14 - HIGHLAND PARK, IL — Ravinia Festival will open a major addition to the park, the RaviniaMusicBox Experience Center, later this summer. The new ...


Gay News

Women In Comedy to host "A Love Letter to Myself, A Chicago Variety Show" 2019-03-13 - Chicago, Illinois — On Monday March 25, Women in Comedy hosts "A Love Letter to Myself" from 6 to 9 p.m. at Revolution ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Remember the Alamo 2019-03-13 - Playwright: Nick Hart At: The Neo-Futurist Theatre, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets: neofuturists.org; $25 ( pay-what-you can Thursday nights ). Runs through: April ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Bridges of Madison County 2019-03-13 - Authors: Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, 721 Howard St., Evanston. Tickets: www.theo-u.com or 773-347-1109; $39-69. Runs through: ...


 



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


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.