Though African and African-American women have the highest rates of new HIV infection worldwide, you don’t often see their plight dramatized. This play by writer-performers Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter puts it center stage: two black women–one a teenager in South Central Los Angeles, the other a married broadcast journalist in Zimbabwe–both discover that they’re pregnant and HIV positive. Composed of interlocking dialogues, reminiscent at times of Anna Deavere Smith’s work, this off-Broadway hit, deftly restaged by original director Robert O’Hara, delivers home truths and big laughs as it attacks the Holy Grail of matrimony. Playing multiple characters, the two fluid, engaging performers make you care about these women, caught in a trap of shame, isolation, and numb acceptance of the ingrained sexism of their communities. a Through 6/24: Tue-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM, no show Fri 6/8, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, $15-$35.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Ruphin Coudzyer.