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  My Name is Rachel Corrie at The Den Theatre

My Name is Rachel Corrie

The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

When a young writer's growing knowledge of world events leads her to nonviolent activism and human rights observation in the Gaza Strip, she witnesses first hand the personal experiences of the people behind the news headlines. Taken from the real-life intense and poetic journals of Rachel Corrie and adapted by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner, My Name is Rachel Corrie boldly poses the question: What do we owe to the rest of humanity? See this solo show, directed by Sam Bianchini and starring Halie Robinson, at the Den Theatre in Chicago.

Presented by Jacaranda Collective

Thru - Apr 6, 2019

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-697-3830

  My Name is Rachel Corrie Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Not Recommended

"...Halie Robinson does all she can to make Corrie come to life, but other than her horrible death—which one can read about elsewhere and obviously isn't a first-person account—there's just not much there. If Corrie is the sum of these journal entries, she's not someone I would've been interested to spend time with. That's not a judgment on her cause or doubt about her good intentions. Not all lives that end tragically merit a 90-minute play."
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Dmitry Samarov

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Halie Robinson as Rachel Corrie took a piece of narrative text and made it active. All of the stories felt akin to conversations, as if we were all in a coffee shop, and once she was done, one of us would stand up and relay a similar experience. In such a small and intimate setting, actors can fall into two traps 1) being too afraid to engage with the audience and 2) being too needy for validation from the audience. Robinson artfully evaded both of these traps. She simply was; she didn't perform but existed. She let us into the story and the world of Rachel Corrie by opening a door and letting us walk through it without leading us by the nose."
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Sophie Vitello

Storefront Rebellion - Recommended

"...Her observations on the ground in Jerusalem and Gaza aren't terrifically nuanced, true. But they're sincere. She describes her bewilderment at what she sees-IDF soldiers bulldozing homes and greenhouses, instituting punitive-seeming checkpoints, and poisoning wells-and her inability to reconcile the Israeli offensive with the Palestinian people she sees making the effort to go about their lives."
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Kris Vire

The Broadway Blog - Highly Recommended

"...As directed by Ms. Bianchini and played by Ms. Robinson, Jacaranda Collective's team demonstrates that Rachel Corrie was and is imperfectly worthy of artistic tribute. Breathless, funny, self-aware and full of awakening political questions, the dialogue is stuffed with passion and commitment, holding up a modern mirror and offering a challenge to a continuous stalemate that continues to root among the tenuous borders between Israel and Palestine. Decades, nay centuries of lost lives, infrastructure and dignity plague a region and people for whom there are no easy answers."
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Becky Sarwate

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