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  Equivocation at The Edge Off-Broadway


The Edge Off-Broadway
1133 West Catalpa Avenue Chicago

In the aftermath of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 to assassinate King James I and destroy the British Parliament, playwright William Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard's name) is commissioned by the powerful Lord Robert Cecil to write the "true historie" of the the particular specifications of His Majesty. As they work to unravel the truth behind the conspiracy, navigating clandestine meetings, betrayals, and brawls, the King's Men acting company tests just how far they're willing to go for each other and to speak truth to power. When duty to country and pursuit of the truth collide, the Globe Theatre becomes the stage for Shag's darkest play yet - and the battle for a nation's soul. Fact, fiction, politics and comedy all vie for control in this critically acclaimed dramatic account of an historical national crisis.

Presented by Idle Muse Theatre Company

Thru - Oct 20, 2019

Price: $10-$20

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-340-9438

  Equivocation Reviews
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  • Recommended
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...By the second act, it all starts to feel more like an educational exercise than a work of theater, but deft comedic performances help keep it moving, particularly Kade Cox as a decadent, unpredictable, nefarious King James I."
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Dan Jakes

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Powerful, poetic, and polished, "Equivocation" is a rare gem. This six-character play being performed by the Idle Muse Theatre Company (IMTC) excels, excites, and elucidates. Bill Cain's smart and intricately constructed script will ensure that William Shagspeare (to use his contemporaries' spelling) is remembered as the man himself and not just by his literary works"
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Julia W. Rath

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...EQUIVOCATION is solid storytelling, directing and acting! The only wrinkle for me was the length. Even though the program says two hours and fifteen minutes, this EQUIVOCATION is thirty minutes more than announced. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed EQUIVOCATION for its very human and robust portrayal of Shakespeare at a crossroads in his career and life."
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Katy Walsh

Rescripted - Recommended

"...The performances are particularly strong; six actors play over thirty characters, often differentiating with nothing but their voices and postures, often several times throughout the same scene. This could have easily devolved into farce, but itís done with such deliberateness and attention to detail that we can always keep track of who is playing whom."
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Aaron Lockman

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