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Re: “Long Day's Journey Into Night

A superb production with a thoroughly fine cast. It was a gripping experience from front to back, simultaneously wrenching and exhilarating with flashes of scouring wit ricocheting around the stage at often surprising moments. O'Neill at his best (and most mordant). And easy on-street parking contributes to the charm. No hassle theater does really exist in Chicago.

Posted by alemix on 11/10/2010 at 9:37 PM

Re: “The Rivals

This was a superb production of Sheridan's masterpiece, cleverly and insightfully directed. Modest but well conceived liberties were taken with the original script - the play was a bit shorter than the original and introduced an unintrusive but amusing time warp subplot. The strong, impressive (not a single weak member) cast was both inspired and enthusiastic and suffused with a kind of manic energy. They seemed to be having almost as much fun as the audience. Go see it. For 15 bucks one of the bargains of the age.

Posted by alemix on 05/07/2009 at 12:50 AM

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Re: “Tom Jones

Not sure what show Mr JasDan who favored us with the previous review was at (or what frame of mind he was in) but it seems to have been an utterly different production from the one that I just heartily enjoyed on Friday night. It was perhaps a bit of a mess but it was an inspired mess with an inspired cast that brought the complicated play to life and made the evening a full bore, non-stop celebration of wit and deviltry and ribald behavior that would perhaps shock an anal retentive gent like the aforementioned observer. The five of us in the group represented maybe 150 years of watching thespian activity in Chicago and we were all well pleased and delighted with the goings-on that evening. I would place it in the top ten most enjoyable evenings I have spent at the theater in Chicago. For pure pleasure this production would be difficult to surpass. And to top it off free street parking is readily available in the area around Polarity. And the price is right. Go for it.

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Posted by alemix on 04/02/2012 at 7:28 PM

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