(Chris Jones’s article appeared in the Chicago Tribune, 3/5; clip from the McCarter production.)

When Jekesai, the young African woman at the core of the intense and deeply affecting new play by Danai Gurira, first arrives at the home of Chilford, the catechist who'll change her life, she sniffs his floor. In this part of southern Africa, the part then called Rhodesia but now called Zimbabwe, most floors in the bush were made of cow dung. But this fellow African — devoutly Roman Catholic, well-spoken, privileged by his white colonial masters of church and state and referred to as "master" by his fellow Africans — dwells on concrete.


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