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  Alabaster at Berwyn Cultural Center


Berwyn Cultural Center
6420 16th Street Berwyn

A darkly comic southern drama about love, art and the power of women. After a tornado barrels through North Alabama leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her wisecracking pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale. When Alice, a prominent photographer, arrives to take pictures of June's scars, all are tipped to the breaking point in this beautiful story of life after death. This production is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere with eleven theaters across the United States.

Presented by 16th Street Theater

Thru - Mar 1, 2020

Price: $22-$30

Show Type: Dark Comedy

Box Office: 708-795-6704

Running Time: 2hrs

  Alabaster Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...Cefaly created a nuanced, darkly comedic play with "Alabaster." It's a play that examines how people cope with trauma and what recovery can look and feel like. In order to address those topics, however, there needs to be a certain amount of understanding and compassion. Right now, it doesn't feel like 16th Street's production is fully in tune with the characters and story Cefaly has created."
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Jearald Pierce

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...The beauty of Cefaly's writing is the graceful way she reveals the details of her characters' lives, one piece at a time, the way we reveal ourselves in real life. Slowly the walls come down, and slowly we show the flawed human beings behind our carefully constructed personae. This refusal to push the story means that stretches of Cefaly's story are as slow as life—and as opaque—but the reward for waiting the scenes out are moments of soul-shaking drama, as when June delivers an eyewitness account of a hurricane landfall."
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Jack Helbig

Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...Alabaster is a city in northern Alabama (a suburb of Birmingham actually). It's also a soft stone, a form of gypsum, that's translucent, easily carved and often used for decorative objects. After seeing a moving production of Audrey Cefaly's Alabaster, a story about two women scarred both literally and figuratively by disasters, at 16th Street Theater, my friend and I were transfixed with the meaning of alabaster and its significance in the play."
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Nancy Bishop

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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