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  Machinal at The Greenhouse Theater Center


The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

One young woman must break out in this exhilarating reimagining of MACHINAL, the American classic inspired by the sensational, true story of murderess Ruth Snyder. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, the young woman finds a thrill in the arms of a flyby lover. But when reality returns, how far will her fight for freedom take her? And who will pay the ultimate price? How do you escape the machine?

Thru - Sep 24, 2017

Half Price Tickets

Thu, Aug 24: 7:30pm
Fri, Aug 25: 7:30pm
Sat, Aug 26: 7:30pm
Sun, Aug 27: 2:30pm
Thu, Aug 31: 7:30pm
Fri, Sep 1: 7:30pm
Sat, Sep 2: 7:30pm
Sun, Sep 3: 2:30pm
Thu, Sep 7: 7:30pm
Fri, Sep 8: 7:30pm
Sat, Sep 9: 7:30pm
Sun, Sep 10: 2:30pm
Thu, Sep 14: 7:30pm
Fri, Sep 15: 7:30pm
Sat, Sep 16: 7:30pm
Sun, Sep 17: 2:30pm
Thu, Sep 21: 7:30pm
Fri, Sep 22: 7:30pm
Sat, Sep 23: 7:30pm
Sun, Sep 24: 2:30pm

Price: $35

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-404-7336

Running Time: 1hr, 40mins; no intermission

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  Machinal Reviews
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Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...What drives anyone - but especially a woman - to commit murder? That is the question that beats in the dark heart of "Machinal," the 1928 play by Sophie Treadwell that was in many ways far ahead of its time in both style and substance, and is now receiving an altogether remarkable revival at the Greenhouse Theater Center."
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Hedy Weiss

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...Remarkably, everything on the Greenhouse stage is subordinated to the story, calculated to the last effect to drive Helen to one terrible choice. To argue that she had or that she lacked freedom to change her destiny is exactly what Treadwell's protest play wants us to do. We accept Helen's doom at our peril."
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Lawrence Bommer

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...What makes this drama sizzle are two main factors. One, the strong yet subtlely nuanced performance by Heather Chrisler. She makes us feel how trapped his is. And the brilliant staging and ensemle wotk from the cast. The tiedum and repitious 'machine' of office work and the roles each play in society as marvelously presented here. This 90 minute one-act builds into a compelling work that almost justifies Young Girls actions. We feel her pain yet we condemn her actions but undertand how she acted out."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Told in the Expressionist style, a perhaps little-known theatrical movement from the 1920's, and based upon a crime story ripped from the headlines of the day, this production is bitting, poignant, stylish and as solid as they come. It tells the sad story of a Young Woman trapped in a humdrum, everyday life that threatens to suffocate her. Never knowing fulfillment or happiness until one fateful night, she ends up committing a crime that will ultimately seal her fate forever. Skillfully and dynamically directed, the Greenhouse offers a meticulously conceived, emotionally acted and skillfully produced production that will resonate with audiences long after the final curtain."
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Colin Douglas

Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...Machinal is a splendid visual treat, but it's also a dramatic story about the Young Woman, who is oppressed by her family, her work and the men in her life. It's an early feminist story and the elements are drawn from the story of Ruth Snyder, who solved her marital unhappiness with a lover and then by murdering her husband. Snyder and her lover were executed after a sensational trial covered by many famous writers."
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   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 Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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