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  Eclipsed at Chicago Dramatists


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Gurira's story is set during the midst of the Second Liberian Civil War and follows the captive 'wives' of a Commanding Officer in the rebel army. A teen girl has recently arrived and the wives protect and care for her in the dilapidated, one-bedroom shack the women share. Just as the new girl begins to adjust to life at the compound, their fragile sisterhood is thrown off balance when a wife returns from the battlefield, after having escaped the army camp to fight as soldier in the resistance. Struck by the realization that she may not have to resign herself to the grim reality of life in the compound, The Girl must choose whether to stay with the women who have done so much for her, or to join the freedom fighter and chart her own destiny as a soldier. With deep emotional strength, brutal honesty, and a surprising amount of humor, the women of Eclipsed fight to do something truly extraordinary: survive.

Presented by Pegasus Theatre Chicago

Thru - Nov 4, 2018

Price: $18 - $30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-633-0630

  Eclipsed Reviews
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  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...War is tyranny, and the desperation for self-preservation brings terrible, unintended consequences. Shortly after the war ended, women in Liberia adopted the Golden Tulip Declaration, mandating that women participate in all governmental structures. Eclipsed is similarly a powerful declaration of hope."
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Sheri Flanders

Theatre By Numbers - Recommended

"...The women of “Eclipsed” band together because they must. They are the “wives” of a commanding officer in a rebel camp during the Liberian civil war, and their survival depends on the community they build. In Pegasus Theatre’s searing production, the concept of being stronger together is put into practice by a set of fearless actors giving emotionally powerful performances."
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Sarah Bowden

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...But Gurira, who is an American of Zimbabwean origin and began her career on stage, is also a highly talented playwright. Her 2009 play “Eclipsed,” which made it to Broadway in 2016 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, is receiving a riviting production, under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan, by Pegasus Theatre Chicago."
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Jeffrey Leibham

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...ECLIPSED paints an intimate portrait of the overlooked casualties of war. Gurira connects us to these five distinct women who are all fighting a personal war for survival. In their stories, we experience the good, the bad and the unimaginable of humanity. Eye-opening and gut-punching! I highly recommend seeing ECLIPSED to broaden your personal understanding of what it means to be human on a global level."
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Katy Walsh

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...Duncan, because of a beautifully designed set by Jacqueline Penrod, lit by Megan Turnquist with very realistic guns and other sounds provided by Tony Bruno, is able to focus her audience’s attention during The Girl’s long walks to and from the main house. And the simple action of stopping at a water bucket to “wash out’ says all the words no one really needs to speak. Duncan uses every inch of the set (and an aisle) to keep the action moving along briskly, and gets brilliant performances from her actors. She is also adept at finding the underlying humor in a hopeless situation."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...ECLIPSED is the perfect fit for history buffs and those looking to expand their worldview and understand someone else’s walk of life. It might not be the best fit for those who are looking for a lighter evening out."
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Alexis Bugajski

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   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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