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  hang at The Greenhouse Theater Center


The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

Three people. One room. One woman's unspeakable decision in the balance. As words break down in the face of human suffering, an unnamed woman is ushered into a strange government office in order to make a devastating decision. debbie tucker green's darkly humorous and shatteringly poetic 2015 hit from London's Royal Court places us on the raw knife-edge between justice and retribution.

Thru - Apr 29, 2018

Price: $42.50 – $57.50

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-404-7336

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins; no intermission

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  hang Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...I finally caught up with Remy Bumppo's latest show, "Hang," late in its run the other night. As directed by the talented and increasingly busy director Keira Fromm, it's a fascinatingly oblique piece by the British scribe debbie tucker green (she uses lowercase in her name) that lasts just 75 minutes. It is intended to leave you hanging."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Director Keira Fromm clearly understands how it is the specificity of the seemingly vague that matters, that generates both curiosity and humor. The actors are always fully engaged. As the visitor with the decision to make, Patrese McClain depicts an ever-increasing sense of power, even while she convincingly exposes her physical and emotional vulnerabilities."
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Steven Oxman

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...The result is a seat-gripping, often purposefully frustrating experience that speaks profoundly both to ripped-from-the-headlines real experiences as well as to the abstract relationship citizens have with their government. The fact that someone else's dystopian fantasy happens to mirror real life in the United States is downright chilling."
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Dan Jakes

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...As the traumatized mother at the heart of the story, Patrese D. McClain radiates with both fury and ironic posturing. As with the other performers, her English accent seems spot-on throughout the proceedings, as well. Eleni Pappageorge, meanwhile, brings a more lighthearted, even handed sense to the proceedings. As always, it is a joy to watch Annabel Armour, as Pappageorge's more seasoned, but truly tender colleague. A multiple Jeff Award winner, Armour allows all the conflict and jangled emotions of the circumstances here to register, fully, in her body and her face."
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Brian Kirst

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...Given so many promising ingredients, it's all the more regrettable that hang holds back so much that we want to know. It's as if green doesn't expect an audience to completely care until they can imagine what's missing. That compliment may also be a curse. You could say that the show is its own spoiler."
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Lawrence Bommer

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...Watching the latest production of Remy Bumppo, the U.S. Premiere of "Hang" by Debbie Tucker Green , I found myself captivated by the three women who are indeed the characters that make this play work. The three women are on the stage of the downstairs Main stage at The Greenhouse Theater Center for approx. 85 minutes of non-interrupted story telling. The time is "nearly now" and based on their accents and the story itself, I would have to imagine that we are on English soil. Woman 1 ( an incredible performance by Eleni Pappageorge) and Woman 2 ( Chicago favorite Annabel Armour) have escorted Woman 3 ( deftly handled by Patrese D. McClain) into the room, which appears to be a government office of some type. They are asking her to decide on the end of a man's life."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Recommended

"...The viewer may scuffle to follow the storyline, but director Keira Fromm has complete control of green’s frequently inscrutable script. All three performers deliver the dialogue and silences with assurance. It would be interesting to read Fromm’s thoughts exploring the challenges of bringing the difficult text to life in collaboration with her talented ensemble."
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Dan Zeff

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...Under Fromm's expert direction, all three actors excel in building and sustaining the tension. McClain is intense, sorrowful and angry and never misses a beat as her victimhood is revealed. Both 1 and 2 are proper bureaucrats, never deviating from their solicitous script, with 2 occasionally providing a comic, dithering note. Her recital of follow-up options (with details) is funny and horrifying."
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Nancy Bishop

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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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