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  70 Scenes of Halloween at Athenaeum Theatre

70 Scenes of Halloween

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

The turbulent tale abandons linear narrative in favor of 70 brief scenes played out of order, resulting in a wild, dreamlike ride that blends realism with psychological surprise and humor. Partners become wolves and phantoms in this domestic drama about a marriage dying of familiarity. Their haunted home offers a weirdly comical and thought-provoking glimpse into the nature of relationships. “A quirky, inventive, and fun play in which time is out of joint as married couple Jeff and Joan contend with ghosts, beasts, and witches banging on their windows, wafting through their rooms, and wielding butcher knives” (Broadway Publishing Inc). This show is near to our founders’ hearts and we are excited to bring it to Chicago this October!

Thru - Oct 13, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-935-6875

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  70 Scenes of Halloween Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Beast (Jo Hoch) and Witch (Kevin Blair)—wearing masks or ghost sheets or ghoulish makeup—alternate as the couple's doppelgangers, predators, confidants, and prey. They are a physical manifestation of what ails this pair. In the end, at the creatures' urging, Jess and Joan leave their house to go to Dairy Queen. It's a momentary truce, but there's no guarantee there will be lasting peace between these two monsters. This play is a note-perfect evocation of what we casually do to one another every day."
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Dmitry Samarov

Around The Town Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...But the play only superficially has to do with Halloween. In the opening scenes, the doorbell is constantly ringing as kids demand candy. There are ghosts, goblins, beasts, devils, and witches throughout the performance plus the requisite horror that people associate with the eerieness of the holiday."
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Julia W. Rath

TotalTheater - Highly Recommended

"...The artists of Theatre L'acadie (whose motto is "If it doesn't make us uncomfortable, is it truly art?") never flinch from the challenge, but instead maintain a firm grasp on every enigmatic gesture or cryptic speech in what could have emerged merely a catalogue of grievances, keeping the anticipation level suspenseful, the pace unhurried, and the creepiness factor shifting between Hollywood horror and playful whimsy. (Theatergoers retiring to the lobby bar at intermission may expect to encounter the aforementioned goblins enjoying an in-character drink-and-mingle.)"
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Mary Shen Barnidge

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