Playtime Chicago Theater Report for 9.22.2019

To the left: Rebeca Aleman, Writer and Actor: The Delicate Tears of the Waning Moon

Theater report starts at about 3:30.

Show Report

Show Title: The Delicate Tears of the Waning Moon

Event: DESTINOS 3rd Edition – the Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.

Venue: Steppenwolf Theatre’s 1700 Theatre

Show run: September 19 – October 13, 2019

Transcript of radio report (lightly edited):

“The story The Delicate Tears of the Waning Moon is that of a journalist, Paulina, who is recovering from a traumatic head injury. She is being cared for by Rodrigo, who has taken charge of her care and healing, all the while witnessing the return of her memories: Memories that may cause Paulina to turn against him.

The thrust of the show is the role of the media in Latin America, where journalists, and their families, are often at risk of violence from governments, paramilitaries, and cartels. The Delicate Tears of the Waning Moon parses the real-world consequences of media dominated by advertising dollars and government interests. 

The performances by both Rebeca Alemán and Ramon Camin offer excellent performances in this one act play. Aleman, in particular, stands out for her mastery of a physically demanding role. For his part, Camin portrays, with heartbreaking deftness, a man driven to atone for nothing more than his own humanity.

The Delicate Tears of the Waning Moon is playing at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre which is in the back of Front Bar, a delightful bar and cafe owned by Steppenwolf. If you arrive early, be sure to partake of their tasty food and cocktail offerings. I myself had a particularly delicious dry, unfiltered riesling before the show. 

For more information about The Delicate Tears of the Waning Moon, contact Steppenwolf Theatre or visit

Chicago Theater & Entertainment News

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