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  Gentle at The Den Theatre


The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

GENTLE, is a world premiere adapted and directed by Founding Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic, based on the short story "A Gentle Woman", by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It follows a young immigrant woman, a pawnbroker, and their maid over the course of a short, mysterious marriage. Dostoevsky's brilliant tale of the obsessive power of ego, and its ability to push ordinary people to extraordinary measures, is modernized by Djukic as a story of our times. Surprising and sharp-witted, GENTLE combines the Russian master storyteller's ability to reveal extremes of human nature, with TUTA's characteristic sophistication and inventiveness.

Presented by TUTA Theatre Chicago

Thru - Mar 26, 2017

Price: $20-$40

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 1-800-838-3006

  Gentle Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

n adaptation of the Dostoevsky short story variously translated as "A Gentle Creature," "The Gentle Woman," and "The Meek One," Gentle, the latest from TUTA Theatre (the acronym stands for "The Utopian Theatre Asylum"), is an examination of hurt male pride. It concerns a washed-up pawnbroker (Tom Dacey Carr) who, sensing himself a victim in life's grand scheme, marries a desperate girl with few other options (Dani Tucker). Adapter-director Zeljko Djukic's version is emotionally canny, with an especially effective performance by Tucker, who can say more with a trembling eyebrow than the depraved pawnbroker ever manages to convey in incessant monologues."
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Max Maller

Theatre By Numbers - Recommended

"...The actors are uniformly excellent. Carr never begs the audience's sympathy, barely earning it when he attempts a fragile act of love at the story's end. Throughout, he is stubborn and exacting and clings to a belief that he is unlovable. Tucker must complete a harder task. She must remain a mystery while still seeming more in touch with her emotions and empathy than her husband. She becomes a literal whirling dervish at one point in the script, and I absolutely could not blame her desperate need to be seen and accepted as she is. Demerath is delightful as the housekeeper, using a shuffling walk and wry smile to suggest that she is more in touch with humanity than the others."
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Sarah Bowden

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...A more sophisticated and honest adaptation of a great work of literature to the stage is, I think, rarely to be found. Those familiar with Dostoevsky and his work will relish TUTA's production of Gentle a great delight that may in fact elucidate some of Dostoevsky's more tortuously hidden themes. Those unfamiliar with either Dostoevsky or TUTA ought take advantage of this rare sighting. The production demands a great deal of attention, but the payoff-a sober, emotional grounding and enough food for thought to fast from theater for a year-is well worth the challenge."
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August Lysy

NewCity Chicago - Recommended

"...Fortunately, Tucker and Demerath are effective storytellers, forming strong images in Djukic’s world (already a stable architecture) such that we’re able to maintain a grasp on the larger picture of “Gentle”: love in a capitalist society; the nature of wounds; how jealousy and want for an idea can erode a person. And at it’s core: what are the lies we tell ourselves to protect our hearts?"
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Jay Van Ort

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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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