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137 Star Starred
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 32 members
Review from Anonymous

These two one-acts were wonderful! The acting was outstanding. I highly recommend this event.

reviewed Aug 31 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Rick

Both plays were great. Hospice was very moving, and Last Bus to Mecca was hilarious. Both were excellently acted and thoroughly enjoyable.

reviewed Aug 17 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Adrian Eaton

This season was my introduction to Pearl Cleage, via the brilliant Blues for an Alabama Sky (and I also saw her Flying West at the Court during the same time) and these two pieces were as enjoyable, and as has been the standard so far, effected...continued

reviewed Aug 10 2007 report as inappropriate
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The Pearl Cleage season continues with two of her rarely seen one-act plays.

Hospice is a struggle of love between Alice, and her daughter, Jenny. While Alice’s health is slowly failing, both mother and daughter are suffering their own personal pain, as they discuss Alice’s abandonment of the younger Jenny for the bohemian life of a Paris poet.

Late Bus to Mecca is a funny and poignant piece that focuses on a rather curious meeting between a prostitute, Ava Gardner Johnson, and a strange woman only known as ABW, as both wait for a bus to Atlanta just before the 1970 Muhammad Ali & Jerry Quarry fight. While passing the time, Ava tries to connect with ABW about her dreams through a running monologue about make-up, the business, pleasure, and men.

About the Playwright

Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta-based writer whose works include the novels, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, Tunnels of Love, I Wish I Had A Red Dress, and Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do; several plays, including Blues for an Alabama Sky, Bourbon at the Border, and Flyin’ West; two books of essays, Mad at Miles: A Blackwoman’s Guide to Truth and Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot; and a book of short fiction, The Brass Bed and Other Stories. In 1998, her novel What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day was an Oprah Book Club pick and spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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