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 2020-02-19
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



by Mary Shen Barnidge

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Playwright: Kevin Artigue

At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater, Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $42. Runs through: Feb. 29

Have you heard the story about the investigation of a white cop who shot a Black suspect? Of course you have—just as you've heard the one about the co-workers on the police force who fall in love and embark on a plan to marry.

Oh, and let's not forget the one about the woman torn between her own misgivings and her loyalty to her on-and-off-duty partner. How, then, does Kevin Artigue succeed in generating so much empathy, excitement and introspection from a collection of literary premises explored to exhaustion in recent years?

First, his discourse concerns itself with facts: you will find no dinner-table speculations swapped by opinionated family members, but instead, an unswerving focus on the question of what actually happened. ( "I'm not a forensic psychiatrist," declares our protagonist, "I don't deal in the Whys." ) Second, the fatal event has already occurred, offering the possibility of an "objective" answer to our query, albeit with motive still subject to argument. Third, while we make firsthand acquaintance of two characters, only one is permitted to address us directly, making for an uncommonly spare and uncluttered narrative line.

What most elevates Artigue's procedural above the plethora of boys/babes-in-blue literary exercises, mass-produced by screenwriting workshops and op-ed columns in recent years, is his rejection of sexist gender stereotypes so ubiquitous as to be visible only when absent.

To be sure, differing personalities are required to generate the conflict necessary to dramatic tension, but even if officers Amina Duckett and Ryan Tilson are of similar age, ambition and a history of hardscrabble childhoods, the former is the more mature, experienced, streetwise and stoical of the partners, while the latter's upbringing has rendered him nurturing, introverted, impressionable and thus, vulnerable to influence by misanthropic peers like those subscribing to the values promulgated in an unapproved manual dividing the world into villains and victims ( "wolves"and "sheep" ) with the "sheepdogs" characterized as wolves protecting all that is Good. Ryan, being white, is oblivious to the racist subtext concealed in this simplistic cosmology, but which Amina recognizes immediately. Too late, both come to identify the real villains as a society whose goal is the furthering of hostility and confusion.

Under the direction of Wardell Julius Clark, Leslie Ann Sheppard and Drew Schad resist their well-made play's potential reduction to symposial disputation, instead navigating Artigue's eloquent dialogue to deliver exemplary performances steeped in discovery commanding our attention amid the never-seen, but vividly invoked, environment conjured by Christopher Kriz and Smooch Medina, whose on-point replications of crime-scene footage forever dispel the myth of cameras never lying.

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.


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Titus Andronicus 2020-02-24 - Playwright: William Shakespeare At: Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: . Price: $35. Runs through: Mar 14 Director Ian ...

Gay News

Cantonese opera program March 17 2020-02-23 - "Si-fu: An Evening of Cantonese Opera" will make its Midwest debut at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall, ...

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Kill Move Paradise 2020-02-23 - By: James Ijames At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463 or; $42-$57. Runs through: April 5 There's a lot ...

Gay News

'Judy & Liza' tribute March 5-April 5 2020-02-19 - The tribute show "Judy & Liza—Once In A Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert" will be presented at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. ...

Gay News

'...Love Is Queer to Stay' throughout Feb. 2020-02-19 - The Laughing Stock Theatre production The Masquerade; Or, Love Is Queer to Stay presents a queer spin on classical tropes, and will run ...

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Boys in the Band 2020-02-18 - Playwright: Mart Crowley At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: Price: $75-95. Runs through: April 19 In ...

Gay News

OPERA REVIEW The Queen of Spades 2020-02-18 - Score: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Libretto: Modest Tchaikovsky; after Alexander Pushkin. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or ...

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Roan @ The Gates 2020-02-18 - Playwright: Christina Telesca Gorman At: American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $19-$39. Runs through: Feb. 29 ...

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Emma 2020-02-18 - Playwright: Paul Gordon ( book, music & lyrics ) At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier. Tickets: 312-595-5600;; $35-$90. Runs through: March 15 ...

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Lipstick Lobotomy 2020-02-18 - Playwright: Krista Knight At: Trap Door Theater, 1655 W. Cortland Ave. Tickets: $20-$25; Runs through: March 21 Home, goes the adage, ...


Copyright © 2020 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.







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.