'The Overwhelming': Terrifying Next T...

'The Overwhelming': Terrifying Next Theatre drama cuts the soci...

There are 1 comment on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 22, 2009, titled 'The Overwhelming': Terrifying Next Theatre drama cuts the soci.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

"The Overwhelming" describes it precisely. J.T. Rogers' thriller about a hapless Illinois academic who gets trapped with his family in Rwanda on the eve of that desperate African country's descent into genocidal hell is a politically charged indictment of American culpability by omission.

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Lynn Haven, FL

#1 May 17, 2009
Sorry, Chris, this was not a 4 star production for me. I admired many things about it, but the play itself is so talky and didactic that I could never fully enter its world. The American family at the center are ciphers, with pointless backstory thrown in...to what end?(I'm talking about the recent death of Jack's first wife--why is it there?). In terms of performances, I did have "a star is born" reaction to Christoph Horton Abiel, particularly in his scenes with Rob Fagin (who is, however, not quite convincingly 17). Christoph's character, Gerard, embodies the horrific tensions of Rwanda without lecturing about them.

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