April 13, 2012
We think we know what happened on that hot night in 1969 at a Greenwich Village bar called the Stonewall Inn. A weary drag queen finally kicked a nasty cop, the story usually goes, leading to riots in the streets, a line in the sand and the beginning of the gay rights movement. So how would The Inconvenience, a young, low-budget theater company, credibly stage a play about a riot in lower Manhattan in the Steppenwolf Garage? Here's how. The Chicago playwright Ike Holter clearly understands that he is dealing with a pivotal night of gay history, a moment when a small personal rebellion cascaded beyond the bounds of that bar. But neither Holter nor director Eric Hoff allow the weight of the event to crush them. "Hit the Wall," intensely acted, frequently moving and accompanied by a live rock band, is rich, poetic and intensely personal.
Through April 22 in the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted St.; $20 at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org