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  Below The Belt at Redtwist Theatre

Below The Belt

Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave Chicago

BELOW THE BELT takes place within the guts of an industrial compound sitting far off in an unknown location. Three men, a power-obsessed boss (played by David McNulty), an emotional middle manager (played by Michael Lomenick) and an eager newcomer (played by John Hundrieser) are isolated from their wives and the other unseen people occupying the factory. They must form a bond out of necessity, while battling sabotage, one-upmanship, and secret alliances among each other. But their need to compete is as strong as their need to connect. The play is about trust, betrayal, and the deep existential pettiness of people attempting to co-exist. Someone always wins and someone always retreats or loses.

Thru - Jun 16, 2019

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

Price: $20

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 847-906-3209

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  Below The Belt Reviews
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  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...But the play's conflict is primarily fueled by the conditions of the dismal dystopia in which the characters live. The show hints at the rules of this world, but offers few tangible details as to how it differs from our own. The lack of grounding makes it difficult to assess how much danger Dobbitt and Hanrahan are actually in at the compound and to what extent they are oppressed by the power structures of the company. As a result, the play lacks stakes, and the sense of purpose behind the characters' struggle for freedom feels diminished."
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Katie Powers

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...A difficult play to understand, but it holds your attention for the entire two hours, that includes a 15-minute intermission. Being a small store front theatre that only holds about 35 people, the play being a dark comedy has to make you fell the emotions these actors are producing, Both John and Michael, play on the audience so well, at one point you dislike one character, while 10 minutes later you feel a deep connection with them. Jon Dambacher did an excellent job, letting these actors’ toll with your emotions."
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Frank Meccia

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...The show is not perfect. Like I said, I think the individual elements while good didn’t quite combine as well as I would like. But the acting is good, the humor largely lands, and the setup is undeniably thought provoking. At one point, standing on the bridge, looking out at a river that is more chemical waste than water, Dobbitt asks if this is really a prison, but by the end, I think the better question is, “Is it hell?” Like Sartre said, hell is other people. In this unnamed factory in this unnamed desert, we can amend that to include “especially if they are your coworkers.”"
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Kevin Curran

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