Message overflows in `St. Ives'

Political drama at Everyman is more political than drama

Theater Review

January 24, 2007|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic

There's an old nursery rhyme about the British town of St. Ives that crops up in Lee Blessing's play Going to St. Ives. But there's nothing the least bit nursery-ish about this dire political drama, which is receiving its regional premiere at Everyman Theatre.

Here's the situation Blessing presents: The mother of a monstrous African dictator comes to see a renowned British eye surgeon for treatment. These two women have never met, but each wants something from the other, and sight-saving surgery is the least of it.

Going to St. Ives runs through Feb. 25 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. $20-$30. 410-752-2208 or everymantheatre.org

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