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  Bury Me at Rivendell Theatre

Bury Me

Rivendell Theatre
5775 N. Ridge Avenue Chicago

Michelle and Josh didn't mean to get pregnant. Five months along, they return to Josh's rural hometown to visit his fiercely loving yet overworked mother, ailing stepfather, and outspoken teenage sibling. Upon their arrival in Pacific, Missouri, a fateful fender-bender brings new and old truths into the light and forces each of them to evaluate their beliefs about parenthood, in God, and in the plans that they've made for their lives.

Presented by Dandelion Theatre

Thru - Jul 28, 2019

Price: $28

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-349-2342

  Bury Me Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...It is admirable and ambitious for Frauenhoffer to tackle so many heavy themes, but their weight overwhelms the thinly written characters she's created to carry the load. The two men are especially two-dimensional, a collection of cliched traits rather than full-fledged human beings. The best moments in this play occur during heart-to-heart exchanges between characters who are not men. Ru, who explains to their mother that they are neither man nor woman, says to think of them as their mother thinks of angels—beings not defined by their sex. Ru's journey would have been more than enough for an entire narrative; instead they are a supporting character in a sprawling story bent on addressing too many topics at once. Frauenhoffer's intellect and feeling for this material is obvious. I just wish she'd let her people breathe now and then."
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Dmitry Samarov

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...Many of you are aware of the small storefront theater called Rivendell, next to the pizza joint on Ridge Avenue, near Senn High School. While Rivendell is doing their production at Victory Gardens, they are renting their space out to a new company, Dandelion Theatre, who is presenting a World Premier called "Bury Me" written by Brynne Frauenhoffer. According to the notes on the playwright, this is not her first play, BUT is the first one she ever finished."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theatre Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...The cast is clearly trying their best, but for all their effort, none of them ever really connect with each other. Their dialogue largely feels crafted from talking points on abortion or feminism or faith. None of the relationships feel real, so there are no stakes to where the story takes them. There are a few redeeming moments watching Michelle come to terms with what has happened and admit some difficult truths about her life, but in the balance, those moments get lost. If the show had let its discussion of controversial issues be subtext rather than its literal text, the characters would have had a better opportunity to shine through."
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Kevin Curran

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