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  Heroes and Villains at Stage 773

Heroes and Villains

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave Chicago

A quiet, unassuming man has convinced an entire town that he is a superhero. A woman sets out to prove that he is a total fraud. When she arrives in town, the woman discovers that heroes rarely wear capes, villains are rarely bad guy and beauticians make the best leading men.

Thru - Sep 21, 2008

Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $15-$30

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-327-5252

Running Time: 1hr 40mins; one intermission

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  Heroes and Villains Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...There is great potential. But the show doesn’t fully work. One of the problems is that Moseley’s production hasn’t found a visual metaphor that serves the play. There’s a clunky set that feels much too heavy for the material, and that constantly slows down the action. In fact, everything moves too slowly here, including both the actors and the storytelling, which is creative but halting, and lacking in drive."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...The play has some nicely limned scenes, but too much of it unspools awkwardly and feels overly contrived. And while Anthony Mosely has gathered a fine cast, his direction often only emphasizes the play's lumpiness."
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Hedy Weiss

Daily Herald - Not Recommended

"...The main problem with Janoff's play, the first from the Chicago native and former magazine writer whose credits included TV's "America's Most Wanted," is the lack of identity. "Heroes" doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. It falls somewhere between a romantic comedy and a fairy tale, but fails to satisfy on either level because it never fully embraces either genre. It's neither genuine or funny enough for the former and it's not imaginative enough for the latter."
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Barbara Vitello

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...It's a testament to Janoff's gift for characterization that he draws poignancy from this untenable premise, creating a portrait of a dying backwater town coming to terms with its myths. Collaboraction director Anthony Moseley elicits endearing performances from his seven-person cast, making for a warm, if not credible, evening."

Justin Hayford

Windy City Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...The play's strongest moments are the Rhett-Wendy scenes, which are extraordinarily unfancy but written carefully, quietly and playfully, thereby allowing the audience to take pleasure in the attraction so obviously unfolding. Defaria and Weber amplify the understated words with wonderful body language, as if drawn to each other magnetically. Director Anthony Moseley has guided them well; they are the heart of Heroes and Villains."
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Jonathan Abarbanel

EpochTimes - Recommended

"...Janoff's script is a bit slow in Act I but does a great turnaround in the second act. In fact, I would like to see him rewrite this as a 90 minute production without an intermission and tighten up the introduction that is now the first act. There is a mystery in this play and intermissions can cause audiences to forget there they left off. Director Anthony Moseley has put together a strong cast of players and Tracy Ortwell's set is very practical..."

Al Bresloff

Centerstage - Recommended

"...Janoff's play doesn't cover any particularly new ground, and the stakes feel too low to make for gripping drama. However, the characters are interesting enough that it is always worthwhile to spend time with them, and the play's look at small-town life is a genuinely fascinating one."

Zev Valancy

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...the clunky pacing of Moseley’s uninspired production, which makes no particular use of several thin supporting characters nobody told the playwright to cut, makes us curious about why we should be curious."
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Christopher Piatt

ChicagoCritic - Somewhat Recommended

"...As presented, “Heroes and Villains’ needs to be tightened, trimmed and rethought. Mysteries work better with quick paced, focused scenes that build up the dramatic tension. Once that happens, Janoff’s play could emerge as worthy."
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