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For Services Rendered
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre
Thru - Jul 6, 2019

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Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre

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Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended

"...This is an excellent cast overall, working on intense emotions in very close quarters at the Den; some of the best work is the simplest, such as Ella Pennington’s subtext-rich Ethel, the Ardsley daughter who married and has taken her lumps. But the performance to watch is from Marika Mashburn, playing Eva Ardsley, a woman on whom the stresses of caretaking and bottled-up desire has taken a formidable toll. This is a profoundly moving piece of Chicago acting, offering a level of emotional intensity that, on a potent Sunday afternoon, carried through the exhausted bows."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...Witt's 12-person ensemble uses every word of the classic script to its collective advantage, carefully playing up the ironic comedy and the implicit vulnerability behind each earnest confession. This, along with their ability to react to each other's decisions in scene, keeps each arc from feeling too clean and each character from feeling like a product of a far-off time. Despite the size of the ensemble, no player feels insignificant, a testament to each actor's firm grip on their character's role in advancing the play's narrative and its moral."
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Katie Powers

WTTW- Highly Recommended

"...In some ways, "For Services Rendered" is an old-fashioned play, but it is a beauty. And coming at a moment when Britain is undergoing a different sort of social and economic upheaval, it seems ideally timed for a revival, with its classic themes of age, mortality, class and money simply evergreen. In addition, director Robin Witt (who did such a fine job with other Griffin productions of forgotten British plays, including "London Wall" and "Flare Path") has assembled an ideal cast."
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Hedy Weiss

Picture This Post- Recommended

"...FOR SERVICES RENDERED might not be the best fit if dialogue heavy or history play don't pique your interest. However, if you are a history buff or like theatre that makes you take a hard look at life around you, this would be a good fit for you."
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Alexis Bugajski