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Shakespeare In Love

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 East Grand Avenue Chicago

The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain's Men returns to its rightful home-the stage. Imagine a young playwright on the make struggling to write his new tragic love story, "Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate's Daughter." The title just doesn't have the right ring-and young Will Shakespeare knows it. He's got writer's block and must do something quickly. Will needs a muse, and he finds one in Viola, a vivacious beauty who will do anything-even disguise herself as a man-to audition for the stage where no women are permitted to perform. Once revealed, the torrid affair begins inspiring the completion of the most romantic tragedy ever penned. Backstage maneuverings jostle hilariously with onstage dramas in this love letter to Theater itself, directed by multiple Jeff Award winner and Chicago Shakespeare favorite Rachel Rockwell.

Thru - Jun 11, 2017

Half Price Tickets

Fri, Apr 28: 7:30pm
Sat, Apr 29: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Apr 30: 2:00pm & 6:30pm
Wed, May 3: 1:00pm & 7:30pm
Thu, May 4: 7:30pm
Fri, May 5: 7:30pm
Sat, May 6: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, May 7: 2:00pm
Wed, May 10: 1:00pm
Thu, May 11: 1:00pm
Fri, May 12: 7:30pm
Sat, May 13: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, May 14: 2:00pm & 6:30pm
Tue, May 16: 7:30pm
Wed, May 17: 1:00pm & 7:30pm
Thu, May 18: 7:30pm
Fri, May 19: 7:30pm
Sat, May 20: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, May 21: 2:00pm
Tue, May 23: 7:30pm
Wed, May 24: 1:00pm & 7:30pm
Thu, May 25: 7:30pm
Fri, May 26: 7:30pm
Sat, May 27: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, May 28: 2:00pm
Wed, May 31: 1:00pm & 7:30pm
Thu, Jun 1: 7:30pm
Fri, Jun 2: 7:30pm
Sat, Jun 3: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Jun 4: 2:00pm & 6:30pm
Wed, Jun 7: 1:00pm & 7:30pm
Thu, Jun 8: 7:30pm
Fri, Jun 9: 7:30pm
Sat, Jun 10: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Jun 11: 2:00pm & 6:30pm

Price: $58-$88

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 312-595-5600

Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission

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  Shakespeare In Love Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Rockwell's production is uniformly well-acted (with a few overly broad exceptions). Nick Rehberger is unpretentious and likable as the man himself, and Kate McGonigle is pleasing as Viola, a woman who dares to violate the prohibition against females appearing on stage. There are several splendid cameos, including Linda Reiter as Queen Elizabeth (she was especially funny when her trapdoor got stuck at Sunday's opening), the dog Dash as Spot, and, most interesting of all, Michael Perez as a Marlowe, mercifully far from the Rupert Everett archetype."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...The big question is whether Lee Hall's 2014 stage adaptation makes you long for the movie, and the answer is no: I never felt I was watching a pale rehash, especially given the talent assembled for Rachel Rockwell's staging. (Supporting performances are particularly strong, including Linda Reiter's Queen Elizabeth, Luigi Sottile's Ned Alleyn, and Nathaniel Braga's Sam.) Known for musicals, Rockwell brings musicality to the play."
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Tony Adle

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...Using retro-contrivances and mistaken identities of Olympic proportions, Shakespeare in Love represents a flagrant case of life imitating art (and vice versa). In what could pass for artistic vandalism, Stoppard and Norman imagine that Romeo and Juliet is nothing more than an almost piratical plagiarism: A certain William Shakespeare stole wholesale from everything he heard, said or that happened around him. Genius? Originality? Unstoppable dedication? Nope, just good ears and a rapid pen. (If you want a flawlessly credible recreation of a drama's debut, you're safer with Mike Leigh's 1999 depiction of the origins of The Mikado in his marvelous Topsy-Turvy.)"
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Lawrence Bommer

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Shakespeare In Love is one of the finest plays seen on a Chicago stage this year! It demonstrates why I believe the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is Chicago’s finest theater troupe. See Shakespeare In Love and you’ll understand why."
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Tom Williams

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...I think my favorite character in the production is Henslowe ( played with just the right comical touch by Larry Yando) who has many references to how no matter the negative, the play always works out and gets done on time and right. “It is a mystery!” If you have ever done theater-work, you know just how true this line is!"
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Alan Bresloff

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"...“Shakespeare in Love” is a more commercial production that we usually see at the CST. The original London production was co-produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. But any show involving Tom Stoppard is likely to be stimulating and articulate and adult in the best sense of the word (the current Court Theatre presentation of Stoppard’s “The Hard Problem” is dense to the point of impenetrability). The Shakespeare play is basically a fun romance, highly theatrical, especially well cast in the smaller roles. The physical production is impressive, and that final act will knock the audience for a joyous loop."
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Dan Zeff

   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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