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16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center
Thru - Oct 7, 2017

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16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center

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Chicago Tribune- Recommended

"...With only a pair of suitcases, a work light and a single chair, Gandhi evokes the color and confusion of India and the small, quiet secrets of her parents' own journeys from the traditions of their homeland to the sometimes-confounding cultural norms of their new country. There are a few points that feel a tad belabored, but on the whole, Gandhi's "Muthaland" creates a funny, brash and truthful portrait of embracing one's past without being smothered by it."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...As directed by Heidi Stillman, who also worked with Gandhi to develop the show, this gracefully told story avoids the self-indulgence and narcissism that drags down lesser solo works. It helps that Gandhi is a true chameleon, equally convincing whether playing her father, her mother, a dreamboat boyfriend, or a younger version of herself."
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Jack Helbig

NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...It takes a lot of guts to stand in front of an audience and perform. It takes even more moxie to take intimate and traumatic parts of your life, find healing through pain and share your story truthfully. Yet, Minita Gandhi does just that with humor, heart and a gorgeous sari."
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Mary Kroeck Highly Recommended

"...Pulling off any one-person show, let alone one which requires such honesty about things that are deeply personal, requires an incredible amount of technical and physical finesse. Gandhi had Lanise Antione Shelly as her voice and movement coach, as well as Anu Bhatt as a co-choreographer. With just an accent and some gestures with her left hand, she embodies each of her parents as fully-formed and separate personalities. From their first appearance, we understand them to be deeply loving, albeit somewhat overbearing, and her relationship with them winds up being the heart of the play."
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Jacob Davis