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  Four at Broadway Armory


Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway Chicago

On a lonely Fourth of July in Hartford in 1996, June, a sixteen-year-old white boy, sneaks out for his first ever tryst with Joe, a closeted, married black man he's met over the Internet. On the same night, just across town, studious high-schooler, Abigayle, escapes her ailing mother to go out with Dexter, a twenty-year-old low-level drug dealer. In and around the city, as America celebrates its independence, these two couples get to know themselves and each other, as they navigate the journey from strangers to intimates. In the stark landscapes of movie theatres, fast food restaurants, darkened churches, parking lots and public parks, they grasp for connection, but reveal the limits of desire, and the possibilities for transcendence.

Presented by Jackalope Theatre

Thru - Mar 28, 2015

Price: $15-$20

Show Type: Drama

  Four Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...The tentative connection afforded by physical contact doesn't come close to filling whatever deeper need these characters have, and I wish that felt more meaningful than it does here in this Jackalope Theatre production, directed by Nate Silver. Something about the rhythm here is just off, although I'm not sure a more fluid approach would give this show the potency it needs."
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Nina Metz

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"... Joe is a university professor from Hartford, Connecticut, taking advantage of a trip to Boston to hook up with June, a 16-year-old gay virgin he met online. Back home in Hartford, Joe's teenage daughter, Abigayle, slips away from her bedridden mom to hook up with her wannabe boyfriend, a basketball-playing wigger named Dexter. Sex is had, after a fashion, but the couples spend most of their time engaged in pained conversation, backing ever so reluctantly into what they mean to say. There may be a delicate Chekhovian comedy in there somewhere. But by confusing quiet desperation with solemn stasis, this Jackalope Theatre production never finds it."
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Tony Adler

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Yet these hints of messiness come across as purely human in this cast's satisfying portrayals. Newcomer Kurowski, a Columbia College junior, is particularly impressive in his nuanced portrait of a nervous kid doing his best to project confidence. But as the title suggests, all four of these actors offer winning work."
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Kris Vire

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...No thesis gets proven, no theme illustrated. Basic as its title (that emphasizes the individuals and not the couples), Four just stands for itself, a slice of art delicately delivered in Jackalope’s less-is-more local premiere. Howard’s paternal mentor, Kurowski’s big-eyed listener, Collins’ spunky schoolgirl, and Martinez’ frustrated Lothario–they encapsulate the U.S. on the day we were born."
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Lawrence Bommer

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...It’s hard to imagine another company giving Shinn’s play this kind of inspired treatment. From the unparalleled excellence of the cast (led by director Nate Silver) and technical brilliance of the scenic design (courtesy Mike Mroch), to the evocative lighting (Cat Wilson) and advanced use of sound (Andrew Rovner), Four is a consummate work of art from a theatre on the make. I would be remiss if I didn’t offer a disclaimer to anyone intent on attending for the first time: be careful. Once you’ve seen a Jackalope production you may never want to see anything else."

Kevin Greene

NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...The show is staged in a three-quarter thrust within four panels of rich, summer sunset beautifully designed by set designer Mike Mroch. The intimacy of the setting helps when several scenes are set in cars, with the actors seated close together. Scene changes are occasionally overlong and clunky, but are covered by the smooth, moody score from Andrew Rovner. For the rest of the show, a little less smoothness would have been better."
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Alex Huntsberger

The Fourth Walsh - Recommended

"...FOUR is the dark side of dating. It's not the petal-plucking-does-he-love-me-does-she-love-me-not giddy kind. It's the put-down-the-Ben-and-Jerry-take-a-risk kind. FOUR is not for the Hallmark addicted. It's for people looking for love in all the wrong places."
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Katy Walsh

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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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