Opening this Friday: ‘Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them’

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Dreamwell Theatre
Shows start at 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Unitarian Universalist Center. — photo by Adeara Jean Maurice

Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them

Unitarian Universalist Center — Feb. 20-28 at 7:30 p.m. (see website for details)

Written in 2007, Christopher Durang’s Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them explores the War on Terror and America’s obsession with violence through twisting sitcom clichés.

Dreamwell Theatre named its 2014-2015 season, “The Grand Delusion: A Season of Dreams and Deception,” and because everyone eventually falls victim to lies—from other people and ourselves—this play comes at an opportune time. Last December, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on the CIA’s torture program for interrogating suspected terrorists in the wake of 9/11. Interrogators employed exceptionally brutal tactics, while the CIA kept the program secret and exaggerated the benefits of torture. It raised many uneasy questions that will never receive adequate answers.

The second play in Dreamwell’s series finds a woman who wakes up after a night of drunken reverie to discover that she’s gotten married—and her new husband might be a terrorist. Their relationship becomes perilous when they meet her parents and learn that her dad is an agent for a secret, counter-terrorism organization.

Durang’s humor is blackest when he satirizes contemporary American culture. The characters take farce and violence to such dizzying heights that audiences leave the theatre unsure of what they just experienced.

This article was originally published in Little Village issue 170.

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