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  A Perfect Ganesh at Athenaeum Theatre

A Perfect Ganesh

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

In A Perfect Ganesh, two middle-aged American women travel to India on a journey for inner peace and to heal from personal tragedies. They meet the Hindu god Ganesha, meaning "wisdom," who is fluid in his power to assume any guise, at once everywhere and everything and at peace with all things. A Perfect Ganesh draws on the tragic and the comic, and the beautiful and the deplorable until a breathtaking release arrives for both women.

Thru - Aug 23, 2015

Price: $20-$30

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-935-6875

Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission

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  A Perfect Ganesh Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Katherine Brynne (Jeannie Affelder, an actress of palpable intelligence, and capable of suggesting a luminous interior life), and Margaret Civil (Elaine Carlson, fearless in her portrayal of a woman not easy to like) are the two affluent, middle-aged women at the center of McNally's play which is now receiving a superbly acted production, directed by Steven Fedoruk."
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Hedy Weiss

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...So even if A Perfect Ganesh nearly clocks in at three hours, Eclipse Theatre Company makes it all a journey that you're certainly glad to be along with for the ride. And that even includes the incidences of shock and annoyance that accompanies any kind of vacation abroad. Either way, it's all very memorable and entrancing."

Scott C. Morgan

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...The characters’ initial entitlement makes McNally’s first act almost too irritating to suffer. Without the buffer of their husbands, Katherine and Margaret bicker with each other and berate those around them. As the trip begins to soften them, Affelder and Carlson’s fine performances become more affecting. But that the role of India as balm for well-off whites goes completely unexamined leaves a sour taste in the mouth. McNally’s characters approach another culture expecting exoticized enlightenment; McNally’s India is happy to oblige."
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Kris Vire

ChicagoCritic - Somewhat Recommended

"...I do appreciate that this play takes middle-aged women’s feeling seriously, which isn’t that common in theatre, and may prove a welcome relief for some audience members in that regard. Harris has his charms, and Higgins is quite likable in most of his roles, some of which are comic. But to appreciate these actors, an audience must be willing to invest nearly three hours, which they will feel."
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Jacob Davis

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   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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