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A Man of Good Hope
A Man of Good Hope

A Man of Good Hope
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Thru - Oct 13, 2019

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Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended

"...Based in South Africa and drawing most of its talent from the townships surrounding Capetown, the Isango Ensemble is a fascinating theater company. Along with the very different Market Theatre of Johannesburg, Isango tours all over the globe, proudly representing South African theater to the rest of the world."
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Chris Jones



NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...The story being told has grand resonance within the South African community, combating fears and prejudices against refugees and immigrants from Somalia. Hearing South African characters warn that immigrants are going to "take their jobs" and "bring crime" will likely send a resonant shiver down your spine as well. In multiple instances, Asad dreams of one day going to America, where he is told there are no guns, and everyone is safe and rich and free. The audience laughs knowingly at this, more at ourselves than at him. "
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Ben Kaye



WTTW- Highly Recommended

"...You have barely one week to catch “A Man of Good Hope,” the heart-wrenching, fiercely honest, staggeringly beautiful production by South Africa’s extraordinary Isango Ensemble that is now on stage at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of its invaluable WorldStage programming."
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Hedy Weiss



Third Coast Review- Recommended

"...In a uniformly strong ensemble, Siphosethu Hintsho shines as the young version of the protagonist, full of wit, energy and pathos. Simple wooden doors serve as liminal spaces, from symbols of home, or lack thereof, to intimidating border crossings as well as trucks and busses full of folks seeking hope."
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Karin McKie



Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

"...A Man of Good Hope is a top pick for anyone who admires the power of theater to teach and transport us into other worlds. Here we learn to walk not one but many thousands of miles in a refugee’s shoes."
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Amy Munice