About Face Theatre Presents TIME IS ON OUR SIDE Review – “Why Wait?”

Jose Manuel Diaz-Soto’s whimsical set is the welcoming mat to this world, featuring a vivid and colorful menagerie of doors.

Where do they lead?

What will emerge from these Monsters Inc.-style portals?

A single candle places an important asterisk on this aura of the unknown, what director Megan Carney describes as “arrival, welcome, connection, and hope.”

Peer Into Podcasting

Fans of Serial, S-Town, and Dear White People will feel right at home as the show opens up into an oral history podcast mystery surrounding the LGBTQIA characters and their ancestors interactions with LGBTQIA history.

Maggie Scrantom’s delivery as Annie provides the same soothing inquisitive nature of Sara Koenig, and Riley Mondragon’s flowing and vibrant Claudia pushes us all to just get hip with the times.

Eric Thomas's writing gives the actors room to breathe in the modern nature of their surroundings, and gives representation to voices some may not have heard before. Though this audience member was disappointed that the writing chose to focus less vividly on some of the female and trans perspectives, those looking for new voices will not be disappointed.

TIME IS ON OUR SIDE
Rashaad Hall and Maggie Scrantom Photo: Michael Brosilow
About Face Theatre TIME IS ON OUR SIDE
Rashaad Hall, Maggie Scrantom and Riley Mondragon Photo: Michael Brosilow

Underground Vibes

The story is beautifully highlighted and amplified by Claire Sangster’s lighting design, turning a naturalistic tale into more of a legend. The aforementioned doors flash like warning signs, but also open to reveal closets that contain artifacts bathed in light.

Together with Christopher Kriz’s composition (reminiscent of Stranger Things) and Robert S. Kuhn’s bold and sassy costumes, the world created in this production is a surreal wonderland, grounded by a not just LGBTQIA, but human story. These characters are modern-throwbacks, so the pops of Queen and synth mesh well with the “half-gans”, floral patterns, and loose ties—classy bohemian, if you will.

About Face Theatre Gives History a New Narrative

Those looking for a history narrative are definitely in the right place. Thomas unravels the threads of the characters’ pasts in a winding but driving motion, allowing the audience to discover with them. Although this reviewer found the reliance on LGBTQIA stereotypes to be excessive and detracting from the message of the play, the Underground Railroad, equal and civil rights, and LGBTQIA history all are featured in a way that we may not have learned, or been exposed to in school. But as one mystery seems to be solved, Claudia’s line says it best: “Onward, to the next.”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED

When

Now thru April 7
Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM
 Sundays at 3:00 PM

Where

Theatre Wit
1229 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Cast

ESTEBAN ANDRES CRUZ
RASHAAD HALL
RILEY MONDRAGON
MAGGIE SCRANTOM
SHELDON BROWN
SHAUN BAER
JYREIKA GUEST

Tickets

$20-$38

Box Office: 773-975-8150 

For Tickets visit the About Face Theatre Website.

Photos

Michael Brosilow

Creative

MEGAN CARNEY
JOSE MANUEL DIAZ
ROBERT S. KUHN
CHRISTOPHER KRIZ
CLAIRE SANGSTER
BLAKE BURKE
DAVID MORELAND
KRISTOF JANEZIC
AJ SCHWARTZ
CATHERINE ALLEN
DANA M NESTRICK
SHANDEE VAUGHAN
KEIRA FROMM
ALEX WEISMAN

NATE HALL
Nate Hall Photo: Jeff Day

About the Author

Nate is an actor/composer/playwright currently based in Chicago, and originally from Los Alamos, New Mexico. He is the first graduate of Texas Tech's BFA Musical Theatre program, and has been acting for over six years, performing in the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival and Santa Fe Musical Festival, among others. His plays have been featured in one act/ten-minute play festivals, and his musical Fade Out had it's first reading in December 2017.

See his current work at actornatehall.wordpress.com or on Facebook

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