Swimming Upstream

Relive the power of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Swimming Upstream: A Testimony, A Prayer, A Hallelujah, An Incantation. Directed by the formidable Eve Ensler of Vagina Monologues fame, Swimming Upstream is a wonderful collection of tales written by women who lived through the two landmark storms. The episodic Swimming, much like Monologues, tells the story of a community through the stories of individuals, including an ex-showgirl from Las Vegas, a gospel singer and an adolescent moviemaker. “Things ‘round here ain’t nothing like they was before,” declares one woman onstage; the rest of the cast chimes in in agreement.

See why the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Swimming Upstream “the poetic equivalent of a breached levee,” and why Variety said it “resembles an engaging church event — complete with gospel songs, testimonies and hand-clapping redemption.” 7:30 p.m. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $25.
Mon., March 21, 2011

 
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