Five-star theater reviews | 2011 in review

The Beats at 16th Street Theater

The Beats at 16th Street Theater Photograph: Anthony Aicardi

16th Street Theater. By Marilyn Campbell. Dir. Ann Filmer. With ensemble cast.
The production on the intimate stage at Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater is aurally evocative and whip-smart, propelled by a young cast capable of delivering all the rage, intellect and humor of Kerouac, Ginsberg and their contemporaries. The Beats re-creates the genesis of the cult of counterculture, as performed by its great modern disciples. That the show speaks so eloquently to 2011 is a testament to the literature that Beat generation writers produced, but also to the tenacious intractability of the culture that so horrified and enraged them.

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