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  Death Tax at Redtwist Theatre

Death Tax

Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave Chicago

In this darkly comic play, the aging and infirm Maxine is convinced her daughter is paying the hospice nurse to nudge her into the grave before the New Year. Nurse Tina adamantly denies Maxine's accusations, but when Maxine offers to cut a deal with Tina to cheat both death and taxes, Tina's willing to go along with the delusion! But of course, the plan doesn't go according to plan.

Thru - Jan 19, 2020

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 3:00pm


Show Type: Dark Comedy

Box Office: 773-728-7529

www.redtwist.org



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  Death Tax Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Not Recommended

"...There's not a lot director Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary or her earnestly overwrought cast can do. So: No e-mail, even though it's 2010. And: Tina bars her patient Maxine's (unnamed) daughter from visiting and unnamed daughter accepts this, not because there is any reason she should, but because she has her own monologue to deliver. I could list more examples, but I'm running out of words and patience. Hnath does explain some things. There's a lot of "It is 2010. I am a nurse. I am in a hospital room" exposition. Death, taxes, and family are the stuff of great drama. But not when the drama would suffocate if the plot holes were sewn up."
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Catey Sullivan


Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...Lucas Hnathís dark, wry and bitter play ďDeath TaxĒ unfolds like a recitation of humankindís less savory qualities. Duplicity probably tops the list here, but thereís also ample place for avarice, covetousness, vanity and exploitative guilt. Remarkably enough, this brilliant 90-minute descent into the lower depths of human behavior is as fascinating as it is dismaying Ė and itís imbued with visceral truth by a wholly immersed, intimate ensemble at Redtwist Theatre."
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Lawrence B. Johnson


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Deep, dark, and distressing, "Death Tax" is a shockingly astute take on the role of love versus money when a close relative requires necessary healthcare. The immediate story is about an elderly woman's demand for skilled nursing at a time in her life when she is the most dependent and helpless: during a serious illness close to the point of dying."
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Julia W. Rath


Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...In terms of emotional moments and exploration of complicated themes, the play excels. In terms of narrative, it falls a little short for me. The arc of the story itself isnít resolved on stage as much I would like it to be. That said, the experience of the play was certainly very enjoyable and thought provoking. Delivered by the quality of actors Iíve come to expect from Red Twist, I enjoyed this production very much."
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Kevin Curran



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