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  A Phase at The Den Theatre

A Phase

The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

Newly single after a break-up that caught her off-guard, Sam realizes that her now-ex-boyfriend of five years was the only guy she'd ever known... in the biblical sense. She had placed sex on a pedestal, only to find herself now alone. In a crappy apartment. In a new city. The key to breaking out and moving on? Kick over the pedestal. A PHASE takes the well-worn tropes of the "girl finds fulfillment in a man" story and flips them on their ear, as Sam explores sex as a way of owning her life and the choices she makes along the way.

Presented by Broken Nose Theatre

Thru - Mar 26, 2016

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-697-3830

  A Phase Reviews
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  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...There's no real forward motion to any of this; the phase simply continues until Sam creeps herself out and moves on. But Spenser Davis's direction for Broken Nose Theatre is clever and efficient, and so are the performances. And the dialogue is buoyant enough that it's not terribly annoying when scenes between Sam and her mom get too talky."
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Tony Adler

Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended

"...Spoerlein has written a good play. It's simple and it works. Right now it lacks the dramatic tension needed to take it to the next level. Each new phase is easy to predict and the stakes remain too low to invest in. She has written some beautiful scenes that have been impeccably directed and wonderfully acted, but they just never feel like they build to anything significant. I want to cheer for Spoerlein and Sam, but to the credit and detriment of them both, I merely end up wondering, what will they do next?"

Jerald Raymond Pierce

Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...For the generation of 20-somethings who "Netflix and chill" and their parents who are trying to understand them, "A Phase" is an approachable, insightful, and charming production. I enjoyed every minute of Broken Nose Theatre's production and would highly recommend it."
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Brianna Kratz

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