(Hedy Weiss’s article appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, 11/3.)
As a professor of engineering tells us in “Spill,” Leigh Fondakowski’s altogether riveting oral-history play about the monumental BP oil spill of 2010, there are two types of disaster. One is natural; the other is man-made. But at times those two conjoin to create a catastrophe of extraordinary proportions. Consider, along with the BP story, such recent examples as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the terrifying accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
The fallout of these disasters — on the physical and emotional lives of those directly affected by them, as well as on the ecology of a vital area of the globe — is a major theme of “Spill,” now receiving a tour de force Midwest premiere by TimeLine Theatre, staged in the company’s “satellite” space at Stage 773.
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