Sunday December 2, 2012 / 3:00pmOver My Dead Body
How was your experience?
This is a wonderful theatre space, places to sit in the lobby, good restrooms, snack bar, and very well run on the plus side. It's also a great Lincoln Park location for restaurants, public transportation and adding more to the itinerary for the day, if you have time. The play runs 90 minutes w/ no intermission. I really enjoyed the premise on this play more than the execution, I think. Instead of traditionally crafted scenes with characters, the writer (s) took more of a non-fiction approach by lecturing directly to the audience. Is this a fad in all of theatre or just Chicago Theatre lately? A little of this style goes a long way. I thought the pace was a little frenetic as well especially for non-Bensenvillians who aren't familiar with the details of the story. One actress in particular seemed to be hurrying through her lines like someone giving an oral report in school who wants to hurry up, get through it, and sit down. The dilemma is of course how much do the needs of the many (air travelers) outweigh the needs of the few (relatives of the deceased interred at the cemetery)? O'Hare and the City of Chicago are treated as the bad guys here but the church abandoned the cemetery's location decades ago and the grounds themselves didn't appear to have active upkeep or new burials. So does a safer O'Hare expansion deserve to be ground to a halt for the sake of a few? It didn't seem to me that the playwright(s) & actors sufficiently made their case. I rode the Metra train through Bensenville many times as the demolition went on to the neighborhood of living residents who were displaced, family homes, parks, playgrounds bulldozed in the name of progress. That seems like a much more compelling story to dramatize than a largely forgotten graveyard. The staging of the last scene was nicely done and I appreciate the subject matter and the effort but for me it just missed the mark.