CHICAGO -- Love Medicine, a Native American saga, comes to life on April 9 at Lifeline Theatre. Based on Chippewa novelist Louise Erdrich's best-seller about contemporary Native American life (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), director Meryl Friedman's world-premiere adaptation boasts a cast that includes members of Spiderwoman Theater, a Native American performance ensemble. The play offers a multigenerational portrait that depicts hard truths about Native American life, particularly the temptation of young members to leave the reservation -- and their cultural inheritance -- for jobs unknown. The play also depicts the challenge of passing down a culture through storytelling and of preserving that legacy through internecine squabbles.
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-- By Lawrence Bommer