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Dating Walter Dante

Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St Chicago

His first wife may or may not have died accidentally. His second wife is missing.The police watch him around the clock. Walter Dante isn't exactly a prize catch.Which is why Laura Bakersfield shocks her friends when they find out she's dating Walter Dante!

Thru - Mar 24, 2012


Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-338-2177

www.raventheatre.com


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  Dating Walter Dante Reviews

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...A premise that could be derailed at any moment by real-life events makes for a slippery scenario, its tone shifting abruptly between star-crossed soap, domestic drama and marital comedy. The cast assembled by director Cody Estle still appeared be feeling their way on opening night, but Jason Huysman and Kristin Collins invoke sympathy for the sweethearts doomed to live forever under a spotlightóa fate unlikely to trouble a play with arguably a shorter shelf life than we have come to expect from its author."
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Mary Shen Barnidge


Centerstage - Somewhat Recommended

"...none of the genres are really executed well. The romance is neither endearing nor sexy, the mystery is undeveloped and the comedy is simply not funny. The prominent role of comic relief goes to Lauraís married friends, Suzanne and Harper. (Brigitte Ditmars and Michael Boone) The characters fancy themselves amateur sleuths and much of the playís running time is taken up by their agonizing attempts at witty banter."
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Rory Leahy


Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"... Itís to Steinhagenís credit that his interest seems to be in the complexities of female desire; why, indeed, do so many women delude themselves in love? Yet his pursuit of this question falls flat, particularly as the script turns toward sitcomish dialogue and short scenes and monologues that stall the playís movement."
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Suzanne Scanlon


Chicago Theater Beat - Somewhat Recommended

"...Danting Walter Dante isnít scary, sexy or strange enough to carry off its mission. But then Rob Lowe couldnít make sense of the creature either. Letís hope a courtroom can."

Lawrence Bommer


ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"... This 80 minute one-act dramatizes the fact that reality may not live up to the prejudgment. When another strange event happens, more doubts arise concerning Walter Dante. The mystery unfolds leaning toward more speculation as if real life often doesnít follow a script.Is he a victim of media hypeora cold-blooded killer? See this show and judge for your self."
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Tom Williams


Chicago Stage Standard - Somewhat Recommended

"...ďDating Walter DanteĒ can easily be chopped up as muddy dialogue that failed to translate. The way these characters interacted was completely unrealistic, which fell to the hands of the material. The ensemble on the other hand proved to be quite a valuable asset to the evening. The actors gave their best at keeping Steinhagenís words afloat, but itís hard to steer a ship when itís under water. I greatly admire Raven Theatre for taking on the piece but I strongly believe it would benefit from a longer session in the workshop process."

Tyler Tidmore


Chicago Now - Recommended

"...Isnít a man innocent until proven guilty? Or does that really matter when heís dating your friend? DATING WALTER DANTE is something to see but Iím still not certain if itís something to do."
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Katy Walsh



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