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  Even Longer and Farther Away at The Den Theatre

Even Longer and Farther Away

The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

Elliot has one objective: hike the Appalachian Trail and make it to Katahdin the way his father always wanted. Weeks into his journey, Elliot's pilgrimage comes to a halt. On an unseasonably snowy night, Elliot finds himself stuck in a town not found on a map with a half-sister he barely knows and two strangers who know too much. Here, Elliot must confront the truth about how well he knows his father and himself. A new play about memory, family and finding your way.

Thru - May 15, 2016

Price: $20-$25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-697-3830

Running Time: 1hr, 40mins; one intermission

  Even Longer and Farther Away Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...It's filled with "mountain folk" who seem as old as the trees around them-like Trudy, played by Deanna Reed-Foster, whose earthy power sizzles beneath a patient and observant exterior. But despite an interesting big reveal about Elliot's father, the show's emotional depth and character development hardly measure up to the setting's potential."
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Marissa Oberlander

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Despite the production’s flaws, however, we’re effectively immersed in the world of Marcantel’s pilgrimage play thanks to the work of set designer Ashley Woods, and it’s a comfortable and charming one. The Den Theatre’s upstairs main stage is transformed into the 100 Mile Resort, in which audience members are invited to sit among the resort guests as the story unfolds. The space is rustic with a mystic air suggestive of a little magic lingering in the mountains of Appalachia. Unfortunately, the magical part of Even Longer and Farther Away’s magical realism only kicks in a few times, leading us down a lackluster and predictable path of surface-level self discovery."
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Chad Bay

ChicagoCritic - Not Recommended

"...Even Longer & Father Away is a fantastical quest of tropes in search of a cliche: the angry, young man gone native-accompanied by his comedic confidant, his young-but-mature sister, and her happy-go-lucky boyfriend-quests stubbornly for what he thinks he needs, but instead encounters a wise, mystical woman on a mountaintop whose perfectly felicitous stories lead him exactly to what he always really needed. We've all seen this story in one form or another, so why tell it again? With exactly zero unique twists or insights to offer, this play is unentertaining and eminently forgettable."
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August Lysy

Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended

"...Getting lost in the wilderness in order to find yourself is as old a story as storytelling itself, and New Colony's production of Even Longer and Farther Away has taken up residence at the Den Theatre to deliver yet another iteration. Fortunately this one is well worth the price of admission, not because of its original spin but because it's telling us a tale we already know and love all over again."

Melissa Wiley

NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...But post-intermission, the setting shifts and the magic is lost. Elliot’s slow redemption that began in the first act is shot as he proves to be an insufferable jackass. Unfortunately, his arc takes too long and comes at the expense of developing all the other characters. Trudy becomes only a trope and Roy’s sassy asides never amount to a full person. Like Alexis and Jack, Roy is only seen in relation to Elliot’s story. Archetypes are revealed to be stereotypes: Trudy as the magical black woman and Roy as the sassy gay best friend."
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Jay Van Ort

Chicago Theater Beat - Somewhat Recommended

"...I wanted to like Even Longer and Farther Away much more than I actually did. The idea of mourning a lost parent by taking a journey isn't original, but if done right, it can be both heartbreaking and rewarding. Sadly, this story is neither. If playwright Marcantel had been slightly less cliche with her characters and dialogue, Even Longer and Farther Away would be much stronger."

Lauren Whalen

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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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