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Wine In The Wilderness

eta Creative Arts Foundation
7558 S South Chicago Avenue Chicago

Set amid the Harlem race riots, Wine in the Wilderness exposes the pretentiousness of blacks toward one another. Tomorrow Marie is the ignorant ghetto queen Bill needs to paint to complete his ideal of the African woman for his triptych. He attempts to capture her negative essence on canvass, but Tomorrow Marie deconstructs his bourgeois perceptions of black women in a mind-blowing revolutionary dialogue about race and women that change his vision of the work.

Thru - Mar 3, 2013

Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm & 7:00pm


Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-752-3955

www.etacreativearts.org



  Wine In The Wilderness Reviews

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...It makes an historically interesting, if not greatly enlightening, warm-up for Wine in the Wilderness-a layered 1969 work that similarly but more provocatively questions the signifiers of black identity. Mignon McPherson Stewart directs both, but only Wine manages to come across as more than an academic exercise, thanks to Alicia Ivy White's humorous performance as an artist's muse."
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Dan Jakes


Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...It would have been easy for this production to engage in hindsight mockery, endowing our white matron with a cornpone accent, or caricaturing the urban hipsters and their now-outdated ideas. Director Mignon McPherson Stewart rejects these stereotypes, however, instead adhering to the respective zeitgeists of the eras under scrutiny. Bill may pontificate about "the trouble with our women," or Cynthia support then-fashionable social theories exhorting "matriarchal" Black women to be more subservient (lest they emasculate their menfolk), but Tommy's sharp-tongued rebuke is not meant to humiliate, but to enlighten. Maybe you can't fix stupid, but you can fix ignorance."
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Mary Shen Barnidge



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