"Princes of Waco" (Signal Ensemble Theatre): Compelling Performances, Convoluted Script

"Princes of Waco" (Signal Ensemble Theatre):  Compelling Performances, Convoluted Script

I remember Author Flannery O’Connor from my high school English assignments.  She had a propensity to write about characters that had a dark side.  Unsettlingly but subtlety cruel.  I think it stays with me 30+ years later because before that I believed a good man wasn’t hard to find.

Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Princes of Waco.  Jim is running away.  His minister father has died and he is done with the hypocrisy. He’s tired of a small town of church folk sinning 6 days a week and being pious on the seventh day.  He’s done.  On his way out, he meets Fritz.  It’s the typical-preacher’s-son-meets-town-drunk-in-a-bar.  Or is it?  Lives change from a chance encounter. But is it for the good or the bad? Princes of Waco engages in nasty behavior and then it gets despicable.

Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.

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