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 2020-07-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

THEATER REVIEW The Delicate Tears of the Waning Moon
by Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times
2019-10-02

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Playwright: Rebeca Aleman

At: Water People Theater Company @ Steppenwolf, 1700 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org; $25. Runs through: Oct. 13

Two stories are packed into this 90-minute world premiere, which launches the 3rd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.

The first hour is a deeply compassionate personal story while the last 30 minutes is a political story only hinted at earlier. Story One is the rehabilitation of Paulina ( Rebeca Aleman, the playwright ), fighting back from devastating stroke-like brain damage. She's partially paralyzed and must reconstruct her cognitive functions, re-learning language and speech. Paulina's long term memories return only in bits and her short term memory never fully recovers.

Rodrigo ( Ramon Camin )—her genuinely concerned and devoted caretaker—reveals she was in a car accident, that she is an award winning journalist and they worked together. Paulina herself slowly recalls her mother, her daughter, her own childhood and pieces of poetry and song invoking the moon.

Performed with truth, these devastatingly painful and hopeful scenes are filled with struggle and small triumphs. You'll be misty eyed if you've ever nursed someone you love back from a stroke. Aleman's incredible face is beautiful even with the distortions of Paulina's injuries, her dark eyes shining and glistening with tears, her small smiles lighting the room as Paulina's wit and wits slowly return. Camin easily reveals how deeply Rodrigo loves her, long before he says so. Even his occasional impatience is tender and concerned. This is beautiful acting, directed by Iraida Tapias.

Eventually, the ugly, political truth emerges: Paulina crashed because she was shot in the head in an assassination attempt. An investigative journalist, she went rogue online with an exposé of government and cartel corruption and complicity, when her paper fired her rather than publish the story. Rodrigo is nursing her in a safe house. Her young daughter has been spirited away to safety. Her mother, riding with Paulina, died in the crash.

This political story, alas, is too true. Journalists around the world are being threatened, arrested, tortured, maimed and murdered by repressive regimes, paranoid strongmen, militarists and criminal oligarchs with whom they share power and spoils. Even as I write this, it's happening in Mexico, where this play is set, and in Russia, Turkey, Brazil, Syria, Egypt, China, Indonesia, Venezuela and other nations. In the USA we have a President who hates the press and would get away with such repression if he could, but he can't get away with it ... yet.

As a theater critic who has been published internationally, I can bear witness to this play's political story. As a caregiver for a stroke patient, I can bear witness to the personal story as well, which is told in a surprisingly poetic way. The Delicate Tears of the Waning Moon speaks to me and sticks with me.


facebook twitter 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

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4, Lockdown! 2020-07-08 - Playwright: David Cerda At: Hell in a Handbag Productions, streaming online. Tickets: HandbagProductions.org/Stage773.com. Runs through: Aug. 15 As the long intermission ...


Gay News

Director David Zak steps down from post after community outcry 2020-07-04 - Pride Films & Plays (PFP) Executive Director David Zak stepped down from his longtime post July 3 after numerous members of Chicago's theater ...


Gay News

Broadway suspends shows through 2020 2020-06-30 - The Broadway League announced June 29 that Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to ...


Gay News

'Magic Parlour at Home' during July 2020-06-28 - Magician Dennis Watkins is taking his experience The Magic Parlour online for a completely new virtual offering dubbed "The Magic Parlour at Home." ...


Gay News

CHF talk to feature Abby McEnany and Samantha Irby 2020-06-24 - Actor Abby McEnany and writer Samantha Irby will have a conversation in a Chicago Humanities Festival digital program that will take place Thursday, ...


Gay News

THEATER Despite everything, there are shows for Pride Week 2020-06-24 - It's almost impossible to write about the indelible events of 2020 ( which is still not quite half over ) without diminishing them. ...


Gay News

Raven Theatre names new managing director 2020-06-24 - Following a nationwide search, Raven Theatre's board of directors announced Markie Gray as the company's new managing director, effective July 1. Originally from ...


Gay News

47th Non-Equity Jeff Awards announces honorees 2020-06-22 - June 22, 2020 — Chicago — As part of the annual recognition of theater excellence, the 47th Non-Equity Jeff Awards has announced honorees ...


Gay News

'That's Queer, Grandma' June 22-July 6 2020-06-17 - PlayMakers Laboratory ( PML ) celebrates Pride Month virtually with a free presentation of That's Queer, Grandma—a romp through student-written stories that at ...


Gay News

COVID-19 Mercury Theater permanently closing 2020-06-17 - Executive Director L. Walter Stearns and partner, business manager Eugene Dizon, announced the permanent closure of Mercury Theater Chicago after 10 years and ...


 



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.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar 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.