CHICAGO -- This month About Face Theatre will become one of the few gay troupes in the country to occupy its own resident theater (others include San Francisco's Rhinoceros Theatre).
The theatre, under the direction of Eric Rosen and Kyle Hall, has moved into the Jane Addams Theatre in the New Town neighborhood -- the former home of the Steppenwolf Theatre and Bailiwick Repertory -- and is presenting the Chicago premiere of Naomi Wallace's In the Heart of America on Jan. 19.
The play depicts a Palestinian-American woman's search for her brother, who disappeared during the Gulf War. After tracking down her brother's lover in a Kentucky hotel room, she learns a disturbing truth about America's treatment of its gay soldiers.
Wallace's play comes close on the heels of About Face's successful revival of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band.
-- By Lawrence Bommer