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  Haymarket at The Den Theatre


The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

Based on historical events, HAYMARKET tells the dramatic story of labor unrest in Chicago, 1886, where striking workers clashed with a brutal police force, resulting in an act of terror, a corrupt trial and the death of five innocent men. Told by a cast of twelve actor-instrumentalists, HAYMARKET is a folk, bluegrass and Americana adventure, led by Lucy Parsons, the African American firebrand and wife of one of the accused anarchists.

Presented by Underscore Theatre

Thru - Jul 22, 2018

Half Price Tickets

Thu, Jul 19: 7:30pm
Fri, Jul 20: 7:30pm
Sat, Jul 21: 7:30pm
Sun, Jul 22: 3:00pm

Price: $30-$35

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-697-3830

Running Time: 2hrs, 15mins; one intermission

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  Haymarket Reviews
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  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Wow, I thought. Not bad for an original musical about an oft-forgotten labor protest turned deadly in 19th century Chicago."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Still, the show’s greatest asset is Kornfeld’s beautiful, loping score that blends modern folk stylings with traditional Americana. True to his characters, the music is often warm and hopeful — it’s protest music, but it isn’t angry. The one true exception is the men’s trial. Fittingly, the whole ridiculous affair turns into something straight out of “Chicago.” It was a circus, after all, so why not present it as one?"
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Alex Huntsberger

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...The creators have made one great improvement on their original version, fashioning a satisfying dramatic arc for protagonist Lucy Parsons, whose struggle to find her voice as a union leader nicely intertwines the personal and the political. Still, she's more emblem than person. Thornton, who also directs, too often leaves her (and the rest of his cast) to raise a fist and stare defiantly into the middle distance rather than interact in compellingly human ways."
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Justin Hayford

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...Far more complete and satisfying than in its original version, Nick Thornton and Robert Ollis have fashioned this exciting musical that makes this chapter in Chicago’s violent history come alive. Interestingly, this story often mirrors many of the horrific events of 21st century America, but Alex Higgin-Houser and David Kornfeld have wisely chosen to leave those comparisons to the audience to imagine. Resisting hitting theatergoers over the head with any similarities to our appalling, corrupt, modern-day government, “Haymarket” feels as topical and contemporary as today’s headlines."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...Underscore Theatre Company’s revival engagement of Haymarket, based on the titular labor skirmish, sets a high bar for storefront Chicagoland musical theatre to clear this upcoming season."
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Patrick O'Brien

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...This is the second life in Chicago for Jeff-nominated best script Haymarket and not to be missed. In these times, Haymarket comes across as a survival guide for a city and country smarting from the festering wounds of a broken justice system. Don't miss this chance to discover your inner Wobbly."
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Amy Munice

Chicago Theater and Arts - Highly Recommended

"...The energetic cast of twelve talented actor/musicians, tell the story of four ill-fated so called "anarchists" and their wives through approximately 19 bluegrass/folk songs with limited dialogue."
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Jodie Jacobs

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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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