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Dutch Masters
Dutch Masters

Dutch Masters
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory
Thru - Apr 6, 2019

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Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory

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Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended

"...In particular here, Boeck offers a spectacularly intense performance, filled with doubt, regret, uncertainty, defiance and, at times, palpable panic. It's something to see but then so is this the entirety of this gripping reminder of urban American about 19 years ago - back when New York was still on a knife-edge, looking back, forwards, worrying about what might be around the next corner."
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Chris Jones



Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended

"...Once the complications of their shared past come to light—and their devastating effect on Eric—the final 15 minutes are indelible. One wonders why Keller didn't start the play much later and devote all 75 minutes to the stuff that matters."
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Justin Hayford



Windy City Times- Recommended

"...A paint-by-numbers script may have its shortcomings as literary exercise, but its very ambiguity renders it a virtuoso acting showcase. Under the direction of Wardell Julius Clark, the tag-team chemistry generated by Patrick Agada and Sam Boeck for this Jackalope Theatre production strives mightily-and ultimately successfully-to convince us that the growing dread and agonizing realization suffered by our two protagonists arises from a dynamic constructed on revelations manifesting themselves with the inevitability of tragedy."
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Mary Shen Barnidge



NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...Masterfully led by established actor and rapidly rising directorial star Wardell Julius Clark, who gives space and silence to pain, allowing us the opportunity to sit with our discomfort, "Dutch Masters" is definitive Jackalope, the type of work written about in the reverent early chapters of a future biography alongside "Exit Strategy" and "Octagon." It is clear to anyone keeping tabs that the company is ascendant: their taste, bar none, their reputation, par excellence."
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Kevin Greene



The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

"...I’m being purposely vague on my story description. DUTCH MASTERS is a play to be experienced in the moment. Agada won’t let up until you know the whole story. And nod out to Scenic Designer Ryan Emens for powerful transformation of the set without the aid of an intermission."
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Katy Walsh



Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

"...Dutch Masters, Greg Keller's superbly taut two-hander receiving a gutsy Midwest premiere at Jackalope Theatre, is a play of mounting tension and slow reveals-the piece demands that the duo of performers balance an absurdist, punchy humor with a paranoid sense of unease, oftentimes juggling the two modes at the same time. As directed by Wardell Julius Clark, Patrick Agada and Sam Boeck more than succeed, scoring a veritable home run in 90 breathless minutes, delivering one of the most intense and provocative shows I've seen at the company's Broadway Armory venue."
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Matthew Nerber



Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

"...Brilliant staging in combination with a powerhouse ensemble and a gut-wrenching story make Dutch Masters, in this writer's opinion, a must-see."
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Lauren Katz