1106 W Thorndale Chicago
Sensitive and probing, ELEEMOSYNARY examines the subtle and often perilous relationship between three generations of remarkable women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie, who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie's daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect, whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea. This poignant and mature study of familial relationships highlights the human need for connection and forgiveness.
Presented by AstonRep Theatre Company
Thru - Mar 12, 2017
Show Type: Drama
Box Office: 773-828-9129
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NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended
"...Lee Blessing’s “Eleemosynary” is a play that sweeps women out of the quilting bee and into the spelling bee, that gladiatorial sport for the linguistically inclined. If spelling bees call to mind nerds fixated on etymological conundrums that surpass the concerns of those desiring to order a burger and get on with life, it is that. And yet, “Eleemosynary” distills the exquisite allure that all philologists know: the color and texture of words, the mysteries and transformations hidden inside a lexicon that includes gun, blade and fuck but also esurient, logodaedaly and, of course, eleemosynary, Echo’s favorite word, meaning “of or pertaining to alms; charitable.”"
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Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended
"...The directorial choices were somewhat puzzling. The use of space was ineffective, stagnant, and few stage pictures assisted the use of visual narrative. Through split scenes between action and storytelling, one felt as though the act of storytelling overcompensated for the lack of physical action and discovery.
The implied subtleties limited the actors' character arc and the heart of the play."
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