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  Bus Stop at Athenaeum Theatre

Bus Stop

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

In a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls into a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked so the weary travelers have to hole up until morning. Chanteuse Cherie has been pursued and finally kidnapped by a 21-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the finesse of a headstrong bull. Meanwhile, the proprietor and bus driver develop a friendship, a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself, and a young cafe worker gets her first taste of romance.

Thru - Aug 19, 2018

Price: $20-$30

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-935-6875

Running Time: 2hrs

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  Bus Stop Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...The relationship between Sarah Bright's Grace and Matt Thinnes' Carl the driver has a lovely sense of possibility about it by the end, too. (Grace is even willing to stock some cheese.) The only one left alone in the cold - literally - at the end of the play is Zach Bloomfield's poignant Virgil, the guitar-strumming cowhand who helped raise Bo. When people pair off - however they do - the odd man out has little choice but to hit the Plains. Maybe another bus will be along to take him to someplace "as good as any other.""
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Each of the main characters is thwarted or frustrated in one way or another, and the bus stop, like purgatory, is a waiting room where they can plumb the depths of their frustrations as well as dream of escape routes. Being waylaid forces them to look deeper within themselves than they might in their everyday lives."
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Dmitry Samarov

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...Inge’s 1955 triumph Bus Stop is potentially his most buoyant comedy, a virtual celebration of strangers snowbound by a March snowstorm in a diner outside Kansas City. Inge depicts a rich mix of fixed and transient souls and, like a short order chef in high gear, makes their longings quickly matter."
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Lawrence Bommer

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Despite the absurdity of the exercise, Inge's play is filled with clever repartee as its characters attempt to become heroes of their respective narratives or at least find temporary relief for their needs. Under Steve Scott's direction, the ensemble is convincingly sympathetic. Bright's performance as Grace is detailed down to the brisk efficiency of her hands as they spoon coffee and count cash. Tim Kough is likeably authoritative as the sheriff Will Masters. And Zach Bloomfield is curiously sweet as Bo's mentor, Virgil, supernumerary to the stories but not inconsequential."
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Irene Hsiao

Third Coast Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...Eclipse Theatre's production of Bus Stop has many ingredients for a successful production. Inge's 1955 script has interesting characters and storyline and it has had many successful productions in the past, including the 1956 film starring Marilyn Monroe. As I said, the cast is capable but no one actor is really outstanding. The relationships are not believable, especially the one between Cherie and Bo. I had the feeling that the cast hadn't had enough time together to gel as an ensemble."
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Nancy Bishop

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