“My Kind of Town: A Compelling Play about Chicago Police Torture A Review by Flint Taylor of People’s Law Office”

Posted on May 31, 2012

Flint Taylor: “On May 11, 2012, My Kind of Town, a compelling play about Chicago police torture that was written by award winning investigative journalist John Conroy and directed by Nick Bowling, opened at the TimeLine Theatre in Chicago. Conroy, who has covered, investigated, and written about the torture scandal since 1989, has brought his deep journalistic understanding of the subject to the stage in a manner that the most seasoned playwright would be proud of.

The two hour play is set in the early 1990’s and centers around Otha Jeffries, an angry African American man who sits on death row. In one of the plays most powerful scenes, Otha describes in emotional and graphic detail how he was tortured into giving a confession to a capital crime. Otha is supported in his quest for justice by his mother, Rita, his police officer father, Albert, and his pro bono lawyer, Robert Morales. As the play unfolds, the audience learns that Otha’s case has recently been returned to court for a hearing on his allegations that he has been tortured by members of Commander Jack Gunther’s midnight crew of detectives……………………………………”

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