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All American

Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave Chicago

All-American is a sharp and witty family drama about the strife within a "football family," featuring Katie, a 17-year old high-school quarterback encouraged by her hard-driving, ex-NFL dad to be the first woman to play college and pro ball. Katie is an excellent football player, but her practical mom and insightful twin-brother see the writing on the wall: dad's dream is delusional and his goal for his daughter is obsessive. His inability to accept his own post-football life threatens his daughter's physical and emotional well-being, and the stability of the entire family.

Thru - Sep 9, 2013

Mondays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm
Sundays: 7:30pm



Price: $20

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-728-7529

www.redtwist.org



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  All American Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...Brownell's interests extend beyond this girl's unusual experience, however, steering the focus to her nonjock twin brother's emo rebellion, dad's rocky adjustment to post-NFL life and mom's newfound career - multistrand storytelling that was the backbone of something like "Friday Night Lights" but less conducive to a 90-minute play. Despite a strong group of actors (Andrew J. Pond, seriously miscast as a former football pro, gets by on likability alone), everyone seems a bit lost by the time they reach the play's climax, an emotional showdown that eliminates Gangel's QB altogether and washes away all the specificity of her experience that came before it."
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Nina Metz


Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...Julia Brownell's script never explores her life as a girl football star; she's less a character than a plot device to set off the family drama. Far more interesting are her parents-mother Beth has triumphantly embarked on a career as a realtor after years as a football spouse and, effectively, a single mother-and her snarky football-hating twin, Aaron, who, as played by Matt Edmonds, brightens every scene he's in."
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Aimee Levitt


NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The performances support the well-drawn script; Pond plays a likeable but tactless doofus who is blind to his plan's negative impact; Cooper's patience is appropriately withdrawn when it counts. Gangel captures her character's confusion; a sport that starts as a fun father-daughter activity becomes a burden she can't shed. Edmonds is a stand-out here; his character's efforts to be an anti-alpha are both comic and pathetic, but like the rest of his family, he's smart enough to refuse to take one for the team."
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Lisa Buscani


Northwest Indiana Times - Recommended

"...Told as a brisk 90-minute, no intermission tale, it stars Andrew J. Pond as Mike, a football obsessed former NFL star who hails from a tiny town in Indiana and is desperate to re-capture former glory. Along with his wife Beth, played wonderfully here by Kimberly Logan, the couple's high school age twins happen to be brother and sister opposites in many ways."
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Philip Potempa


ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...All-American is a witty, often funny, family drama about how one person's inability to let go of his past glory turns into a delusional goal for his daughter. Mike's denial that his football career is over threatens the stability of the family. When Beth sees hints that Katie wants to be a 17 year old girl more than a football pioneer, she ignores that in the interest of keeping Mike's dream alive. Only Aaron knows what Katie really wants. As the story unfolds, we see how Aaron reacts and comments on all the family dynamics with complete and ofter perceptive candor. During the fast-paced direction by Scott Weinstein, we witness the awakening of each family member as ultimately the underlying love carries the family through their struggles."
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Tom Williams


   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.
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