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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Court Theatre

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Chicago Tribune- Recommended

"...If you like the movie, you’ll be fine reliving your memories. If you hate all that it represented, there is enough subversion here to keep you intellectually engaged. This material is just so interesting to see now: I only wish Court had taken some more radical positions here and there (the world has changed since 2012)."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended

"...In the iconic 1967 film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," a young interracial couple forced their parents - and the world by extension - to confront the ugly bigoted recesses festering in even the most outwardly progressive souls. Tim Kreidler's stage adaptation hews close to William Rose's brilliant screenplay. But key differences underline the story's timeliness in a post-Obama world. Directed by Marti Lyons for Court Theatre, what could be a period piece has the bitter bite of today, a time when an actual Nazi just won (unopposed) a Republican congressional primary in Illinois."
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Catey Sullivan

Chicago On the Aisle- Recommended

"...On the one hand, there's something quaintly anachronistic about the film-become-play "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," now occupying the stage at Court Theatre in a production co-directed by Marti Lyons and Wardell Julius Clark that is faintly, curiously charming."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended

"...The acting in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner was great, but I loved the parts played by Sydney Charles as Tillie and Dan Waller as Monsignor Ryan. Charles almost stole the show with her portrayal of Tillie. She was amazingly funny with her spot on performance and Waller was equally brilliant. We have had the pleasure of seeing Sydney Charles in several performances, and she is an exceptional actress worth taking a serious look at as a Jeff Award Winner for her role as Tillie."
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...It has been 50 years since the movie "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" brought our attention to interracial marriage and race relations. It was ground breaking at the time, but it was based on 1967 attitudes so how can a stage play drawn from the film be relevant today? Well, it is! Todd Kreidler's smartly written adaptation adds a few updates to the classic film script and stays true to the story with a 21st century interpretation. It is the perfect product for the Court Theatre and this production, directed by Marti Lyons with Associate Director Wardell Julius Clark, is outstanding!"
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Michael Horn

NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...Originating as a movie with a screenplay by William Rose, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" premiered in 1967 at the height of the civil rights movement. And while its tempting to credit its trio of lead actors-Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier-for engendering a mountain of good will large enough to endear this portrait of interracial love to a market audience, a reevaluation fifty years later suggests that "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" gets by on more than just charm."
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Kevin Greene

WTTW- Highly Recommended

"...The tension is palpable. But the real fireworks begin with the arrival of Prentice's parents. John Prentice Sr. (Dexter Zollicoffer, with a fine searing edge of bitterness), is, for his own reasons, even more opposed to the marriage than Matt, while his wife, Mary (Jacqueline Williams, in a fine mix of loyalty and reason), is deeply protective of both her husband and son."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended

"...And thus lies the problem with "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" - as James Baldwin so eloquently wrote, race is so completely woven into American society that it creates entirely different realities for people of different races, and for all of the play's messaging on acceptance, there is little acknowledge of those many underlying issues; thus, problem after problem arises in the play's treatment of race, and what results in a well-meaning, but ultimately misguided play."
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Peter Thomas Ricci

Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended

"...“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” could be a big commercial hit at the Court. It should appeal to the nearby liberal University of Chicago constituency as well as the surrounding African American neighborhoods. The play has some meaty comments on race and the generation gap but it’s not an in-your-face polemic. Patrons seeking an amusing two hours garnished with stimulating repartee on an important subject will be just fine."
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Dan Zeff

Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

"...Now, Hyde Park's Court Theatre presents a stage adaptation of the script by William Rose, and it proves as timely and relevant today as it was in 1967. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (here adapted by Todd Kreidler and directed by Marti Lyons) is, at its core, a story of two world views at odds: those who see the world as it is, and those who see it as it could be."
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Lisa Trifone

Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended

"...It was fun to be a part of this mixed age group audience for this particular play in the center of Hyde Park, long recognized as a liberal multi-racial and multi-cultural community. The laughs and gasps were more audible and more frequent then I have heard in a while and which I am certain was a result of many of the audience members understanding this material in a more intimate and first hand way, as either participants or witnesses to similar real life stories."
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Jodie Jacobs

Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

"...Interacting with the marvelous and interestingly symbolic stage setting by Scott Davis where the entire apartment, from carpeting on the floor to every piece of furniture and even the cactus house plants are white with black accents, the actors draw in the audience so effectively that you forget that you're watching a play. Lighting (Paul Toben and Andre Pluess) and sound (Christopher M. LaPort) featuring 1960's style music completes the atmosphere. All in all and evening of great, thought provoking and often humorous theatre."
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Steve Bellinger