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  Hatfield and McCoy at Chopin Theatre

Hatfield and McCoy

Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division Chicago

The Hatfields and the McCoys were at the center of the most famous -- and infamous -- family feud in American history. These two rural families, living in Kentucky and West Virginia, have become synonymous with family honor, justice and revenge for the war they fought with words and weapons. Inspired both by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and factual events, Hatfield & McCoy takes place in a philosophically polarized America just as it's emerging from the Civil War. Romance and gunfire erupt when young Rosanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield fall in love, marry in secret and vow to reconcile their feuding families against all odds. Their tale of woe is served up with a heaping helping of original Americana tunes, connecting times past to a very familiar present. See it on the stage of The House Theatre of Chicago's Chopin Theatre.

Thru - Mar 11, 2018



Price: $20-$50

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-769-3832

www.thehousetheatre.com



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  Hatfield and McCoy Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...The House Theatre of Chicago has pursued a 12-year love affair with the famously warring Hatfields of West Virginia and McCoys of Kentucky. This Chicago theater, known for its innovative original works with mythic underpinnings, clearly sees Shakespearean echoes in the famous family feud, the closest American equivalent, they here imply, to the sectarian War of the Roses, the main source for the great Elizabethan history plays."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...The song, "One Book," is a folksy yet ominous country tune about how religion is sometimes used as a weapon to escalate human tensions - not resolve them. And the patriarchs of the House McCoy and the House Hatfield are both deeply religious men. Ol Ranl McCoy (Anish Jethmalani) responds to nearly every conflict with a desire to turn the other cheek and a shout of "go get your Bibles." Devil Anse Hatfield (Robert D. Hardaway), meanwhile, is a hellfire-and-brimstone preacher. His song "Galilee" packs all the passion of a Baptist summer revival, except the cries of "amen" and "hallelujah" are augmented with a sea of pistols waving to the heavens."
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Misha Davenport


Theatre By Numbers - Somewhat Recommended

"...Thus, the power in “Hatfield & McCoy” lies less in its mix of history and literature, and more in the excited rhythms and movements of its design and set pieces. Swapping one old story for another dims its theatrical exploration, but if you can accept that no new ground is being trod here, “Hatfield & McCoy” might provide a thrilling evening of drama, even if it never escalates into full-blown tragedy."
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Sarah Bowden


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Anyone who knows The House Theatre of Chicago, is aware that what they present is not your “ordinary theater fare”. They are unique! They are The House! Their current production, written by company member Shawn Pfautsch is a drama with music inspired by the true story of the famous feuding families, The McCoys and the Hatfields (families that lived near the border of West Virginia and Kentucky) which first was done back in 2006. This new version, has added a mixture of music spanning Bluegrass, Folk, Rock and Pop in the re-telling of this story about these famous, or should I say, “infamous” families. The music by Pfautsch and Matt Kahler, does add some special flavor to an already brilliant story, and they have also included a touch of “Rome & Juliet” to make the point. The star-crossed lovers in this story are Rose Anna McCoy ( brilliantly played by Haley Bolithon) and Johnse Hatfield (deftly handled by Kyle Whalen)."
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Alan Bresloff


NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...All in all it was a humdrum evening at the theater. The House Theatre is creative and their plays are beautiful to look at, but I look forward to the day when their scripts and stories are as thoughtful as their spectacle."
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Emma Couling


Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...Strong performances abound in this production. Directed with energy and earnest passion, this company’s signature mixture of a good story, live music, strong vocals and inventive choreography all meld together, creating an exciting drama. Although a little too long, it’s a story that’s part of American history and folklore and definitely worth a visit."
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Colin Douglas


The Fourth Walsh - Somewhat Recommended

"...Still, some of the theatrics, I really enjoyed. I loved the drunken antics of Sam McCoy (played by the noteworthy Bradley Grant Smith). And the song (co-composed by Pfautsch and Matt Kahler) and dance illustrating Bad Lias Hatfield's (played by Jeff Mills) surgery is gory elegance. The hollow appearance of the dead as Mills rises up from the bench is powerfully breathtaking. This is the true essences of the play, the real feud between life and death. The well-rehearsed number is perfection. Some of the other numbers aren't as finessed."
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Katy Walsh


Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...The House Theatre's production of Hatfield & McCoy is overflowing with theatricality. Audiences will surely revel in its live music, stage combat, and eye-popping special effects, although some may appreciate a more focused narrative. There's no denying the timeliness of this retelling, even if its tragic ending may ring more hopeless than hopeful."
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Brent Ervin-Eickhoff


Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...What American is unfamiliar with the long-lasting Capulet and Montague-like feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys? They were two proud families whose shared enmity resulted in constant fighting and bloodshed in the late 1800s. Their very names are now synonymous with extended hatred between any two groups. The feud has passed into American folklore and has been the subject of numerous television and film projects. Hatfield & McCoy, House Theatre's new production of its own 2006 play, now directed by Matt Hawkins, brings the infamous interfamily fight to the stage in a play packed with Americana songs (and at least one that resembles modern pop), extraordinary acting, and plenty of gunfire and blood. Despite its nearly three hour length, it is a very entertaining and memorable performance."
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Karen Topham


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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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