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  Ethiopianamerica at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph


Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph
2433 N. Lincoln Ave Chicago

If the American dream is a privilege, not a right, then Girma and Elizabeth Kifle have truly earned it. After emigrating from Ethiopia to the United States with nothing, the couple is poised to send their eldest son to college. But everything behind Girma and Elizabeth's white picket fence is not as it appears to be. The ghosts of the life they left in Ethiopia threaten to destroy their American dream before it starts, and the Kifle sons, Jonathan and Daniel, reckon with being American in Ethiopian bodies. In this tense and sharply-drawn family drama, playwright Sam Kebede mines the immigrant experience and asks how far each of us will go to find a place we can call home.

Presented by Definition Theatre Company

Thru - Jun 9, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:30pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:30pm

Price: $15-$25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-871-3000

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins

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  Ethiopianamerica Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Gebremedhin, whom Iíve not seen before, is a real talent ó honest, alive and filled with deadpan comic timing. In the protection of his mother (beautifully played by Gabrielle Lott-Rogers), Gebremedhin has to spar with the actor Joseph Primes, playing a complex patriarch. As with a lot of adult (or near-adult) children of alcoholics, Gebremedhinís Johnathan has to navigate a mood that can change on a dime, warm-hearted games suddenly turned into personal attacks. And, like many teenagers, he has to grapple with the imperative to get away combined with the moral responsibility to one whom he knows will never leave). It is a very fine young performance in a superbly directed show."
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Chris Jones

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Recommended

"...Director Sophiyaa Nayar, who believes that Kebede did an excellent job bringing together the American and Ethiopian experience, was excited to work with him. Raised in India, Nayar felt that the story touched home with him and will with other immigrants who have immigrated to the United States. Together Kebede and Nayar have open the doors to the world about how seeking the American dreams can bring about the same American nightmare that other Americans face. We are different but the same!"
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Around The Town Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...It is always a treat to bear witness to a new work by a young playwright. In some cases, it is evident that the writer came to a point where they were unsure as to how to end the story. While I enjoyed the storyline of Sam Kebede's "ETHIOPIANAMERICA", being presented by def-i-ni-tion Theatre Company, upstairs in the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens, I became confused near the end of this sharply directed ( Sophiyaa Nayar) 90 minutes of theater"
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Alan Bresloff

   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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