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  2 Unfortunate 2 Travel at Prop Theatre

2 Unfortunate 2 Travel

Prop Theatre
3502 N. Elston Chicago

It's a tough time right now. You deserve a vacation. Jack Wilton, self-appointed ally and recent returnee from travelling the world wants to give you one. He has transformed his recent vacation into a variety show depicting his adventures in a range of spectacular and crowd-pleasing styles, with everything from shadow puppetry to a live game show. He's created a safe space where you can sit back, drink a free beer and enjoy an hour free from any political discussion. Over the course of the evening, the cracks begin to show in Jack's stories, his conduct and the fabric of reality itself as the performing ensemble of five women work to bring Jack's stories to life and struggle within both a play and a society that profits off of their silence.

Thru - Apr 20, 2019

Mondays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 9:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00pm

Price: $20

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-539-7838

  2 Unfortunate 2 Travel Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...What makes this adaptation so delightful are its gifted performers, who not only deliver Jack's diary entries as strikingly individual monologues but also incorporate other storytelling methods—dance, spoken-word poetry, violin, puppetry—to create a parallel narrative that ranges between reinforcement and subversion of Jack's earnest discovery of other places and other cultures. This becomes an exceptionally powerful confrontation of issues such as allyship, safe spaces, and the political implications of its own premise. The running gag of having Jack's philosophical waxing at the end of each episode drowned out by music does not get old"
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Irene Hsiao

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...The self-stated point of the show is to explore the problem of people appointing themselves allies of marginalized groups and speaking over them as a result. Framing the show the way it does, though, the show ends up doing exactly that, by keeping the very talented cast anchored to Jack’s stories, and never really breaking free into their own. I understand the show is trying to skewer that narrative, but in practice, even if you are doing a thing to mock it, you are still doing that thing. A story that let this talented cast develop their own stories would have been more effective for me. That said, whatever my concerns about how the pieces fit together, the pieces themselves, and the cast performing them, are charming and talented. They alone are worth your time."
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Kevin Curran

Rescripted - Somewhat Recommended

"...2 Unfortunate 2 Travel is a show by and for bleeding heart B.A. liberals raised on pop-culture. This devised work by director and adaptor Zach Weinberg takes Thomas Nashe's novella The Unfortunate Traveler and brings the tale of a young man exploring the world into the post-Trump era. In this adaptation, protagonist Jack Wilton wants to relive his exploits across the globe through a variety show featuring a skilled group of women. Prop Thtr's production of 2 Unfortunate 2 Travel caps off a 2-year workshop period and clearly wants to start a conversation. Despite several stand-out moments, the play leaves me more confused than conversive."
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Sierra Carlson

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