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  Detroit '67 at Northlight Theatre

Detroit '67

Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd Skokie

It's 1967 and the world is changing around Chelle and Lank, who run an after-hours club in the basement of their late parents' house. Tensions mount when the siblings discover that their dreams have diverged, their tight-knit community is threatened by the arrival of an outsider, and the city around them erupts in violence. The music of Motown fuels this riveting new play set in America's Motor City.

Thru - Dec 15, 2013

Price: $25-$75

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 847-673-6300

Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins; one intermission

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  Detroit '67 Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...Northlight audience certainly responded warmly to this hugely promising play, generally well-acted on Jack Magaw's straightforward setting. I hope Morisseau both trims and fleshes out the first part of her trilogy. I for one am fascinated by Detroit, where I've spent a bit of time. It is fertile ground for writers and artists now in all kinds of ways. And you already can see here that Morriseau not only is invested in this town, but she knows where to look to understand how, where and when things went so badly wrong."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"..."Detroit '67" is the first entry in a planned trilogy, "The Detroit Projects." We know what has happened to that city, but just how Morisseau will get us there is intriguing."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...Some elements don't mesh in Ron OJ Parson's production. Chelle and Lank listen to the previous year's music and their wardrobe looks more '65 than '67, Chelle's cautious temperament doesn't jibe with professional party-giving and Caroline--the white woman--seems to recover awfully fast. But the emotional integrity is there. To borrow a simile from the script, I loved Parson's five-member cast like potato salad."
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Tony Adler

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...As he did with Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” at TimeLine Theatre earlier this season, director Ron OJ Parson infuses Morisseau’s play with a fluency and vitality that draw the viewer ineluctably into the lives and passions of characters whose humanity we recognize as our own. The theatrical music here is of more than Motown."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...While I thought the show was a tad under rehearsed, Tyla Abercrumbie and Kamal Angelo Bolden were particularly strong as the sister/brothers. Cocco Elysses was a hoot as the outspoken sensual neighbor. While Detroit '67 didn't cover any new grown, it did put a face on how good folks can survive their dire circumstance. We'll await the other two parts of Morisseau's Detroit Project trilogy."
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Tom Williams

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...This is a story about one family and their associates during a time when change was taking place in the United States. The way they lived was the only way one could live during these times and yet they had dreams, hopes, aspirations and wanted to have a better future than those who pre-existed them. We see how love can develop, how important trust is and friendship. we see how what happens outside of the existence of these people has an effect on them and their dreams. we see how these dreams can be caught in the up-heavel of a world in turmoil over change that is evident and how real it all was."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"...“Detroit ‘67” evokes the human dimensions of the racially torn Sixties through just a small number of characters. It’s not intended to be a wide screen documdrama about those explosive years, but Morisseau still re-creates a controversial and contentious period in American history, especially for those who were black and facing a hostile, racist power structure with a brutal and corrupt police force as its face. The play may be a miniature, but it carries the ring of authenticity, a credit to the playwright and to the very fine Northlight production, the extraneous Caroline character notwithstanding."

Dan Zeff

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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