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16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center
Thru - Mar 1, 2020

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16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center

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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