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Heartbreak House
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts
Thru - Mar 27, 2017

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ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts

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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