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  Heartbreak House at Ruth Page Center For Arts

Heartbreak House

Ruth Page Center For Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Pkwy Chicago

Enjoy an evening of wit, romance and unforgettable characters in George Bernard Shaw's romantic comedy Heartbreak House. Just before World War I, a weekend in the English countryside becomes a tangle of unlikely attachments and unwanted complications -- love continually emerges but is never mutual, and the most successful relationships have the least to do with love. The house in question is that of Captain Shotover, a retired ship captain, current inventor and opinionated eccentric. In his eyes, his daughters have married badly -- one to a dim-witted plodder, another to a sharp-witted layabout. Enter into the house one Ellie Dunn. Daughter of a failed businessman and in seek of reparations, if nothing else, she decides to marry the ruthless capitalist who ruined her father. The husbands, the fathers, the wives, the daughters, the aging playboy and even a burglar all come together in "this silly house, this strangely happy house, this agonizing house, this house without foundations." Presented in ShawChicago's classic concert reading style, experience the action at Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago.

Thru - Mar 27, 2017

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 312-337-6453

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  Heartbreak House Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...This production by ShawChicago, which specializes in concert readings of Shaw's works, features an excellent ten-member ensemble delivering their lines from scripts at music stands. This approach allows the audience to savor the wordy play's elegantly constructed dialogue. But as the physical action escalates in the final act—with the arrival of unidentified enemy aircraft dropping bombs on the estate—the production runs out of steam, constricted by the limitations of the readers' theater format. "
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Albert Williams

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...At a little over three hours, Shaw’s lampoon of the English classes is not exactly an evening of light entertainment. Its lengthy script overflows with themes that are both fascinating and contemporary. Each character represents a different social class. The journey theatergoers take with the hosts and their houseguests reveals a very different person by the end of the play than the character they originally met at the beginning. A strong belief in fate also plays an important part in this story of petty obsessions and unrequited love. Peppered with witty dialogue, this is a voyage aboard a ship of fools who simply can’t see that the world is burning around them."
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Colin Douglas

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