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  Radio Culture at TUTA Theatre

Radio Culture

TUTA Theatre
4670 North Manor Avenue Chicago

Winner of the award for Best Experimental Writing in the Belarus Free Theatre's 2014 International Contest of Contemporary Drama, RADIO CULTURE is a fascinating example of the "New Drama" movement in contemporary Eastern European theater. By examining a single day in the life of a young Belorussian, as if under a microscope, RADIO CULTURE reveals how change can germinate inside of a person even within a culture that resists change at every step. Staged in an intimate installation, TUTA's production takes a subtly profound and unexpected journey around the globe to peer in to our interior worlds, and the irresistible, transformative power of listening.

Presented by TUTA Theater Chicago

Thru - Mar 3, 2019

Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $20-$30

Show Type: Drama

  Radio Culture Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...The textís use of third person feels a little contrived at points. But Smithís controlled performance is often mesmerizing. Heís capable of projecting great distress with the smallest gestures and expressions. And despite the grim surroundings (also captured by Keith Parhamís unforgiving lighting and Jeffrey Levinís soundscape), Smith also animates small moments of joy and humor with equal skill."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Smith's portrayal of this everyman isn't flashy but is affecting, especially in the way that he intentionally makes eye contact with audience members while telling Volodya's story. Dosko is able to make a memorable drama out of a sequence of events that, on the face of it, are utterly forgettable. And that is what makes Volodya's ordinary day extraordinary."
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Dmitry Samarov

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...TUTA Theatre has concocted one of the most tightly packed, powerful theater experiences from source material that should be the opposite."
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Sean Margaret Wagner

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...For more than two decades, TUTA Theatre Company has forged its reputation by introducing audiences to unusual theatrical fare drawn largely from Eastern and Western European playwrights. The company has been more or less itinerant. But for the next month or so, if you venture into its newest, tiny (25-seat) storefront in a hidden corner of the Ravenswood neighborhood, you will spend 70 absolutely riveting minutes experiencing the U.S. premiere of Maxim Dosko's "Radio Culture.""
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Hedy Weiss

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...This is amazing, intimate, beautiful, political theater, interested in the functionality of aesthetic slowness. Profoundly good technical work aside, this is a show that has a cis white man speaking for a little more than an hour straight. Could Volodya been played by a person of color or a non-binary actor? To ask questions of identity would only expand and deepen this work, already a sublime piece of art."
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Jay Van Ort

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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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