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  I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile Reviews
I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile
Redtwist Theatre

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Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...This Chicago premiere features terrific, truthful performances under the sharp and sensitive direction of Erin Murray."
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Albert Williams



Windy City Times- Highly Recommended

"...Redtwist Theatre's cozy storefront quarters are the perfect fit for this kind of domestic drama, its audience seated on the perimeter, much like the neighbors that Rebecca hesitates to greet on their morning commute ( hence the play's title ). Likewise comfortable sharing the intimate stage are the performers director Erin Murray assembled—notably, Jacqueline Grandt, Kathleen Ruhl and Adam Bitterman as the disgruntled adults; and Emma Maltby, Joshua Servantez and John Blick as the youngsters in danger of becoming like them."
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Mary Shen Barnidge



Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended

"...Just when you think you’ve seen the ultimate dysfunctional family on stage, along comes Suzanne Heathcote’s gritty play “I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile,” a stunner that touches a core of hope in a mesmerizing production at Redtwist Theatre."
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Lawrence B. Johnson



Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...The path that Heathcote takes to get us to her ending, which by the way can be called "happy" is short and sweet, but also bittersweet. What we do find is that three unhappy women who are living day-by-day with no expectations of happiness find that they have relatives who are more than relatives, they are FAMILY and through their relationships can find the missing ingredient of their lives, love and friendship which at the very end can lead to happiness."
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Alan Bresloff



NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended

"...From its overlong title to its two-dimensional characters to its histrionic tone, “I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile” seems stretched and out of control, like a Jerry Springer episode given the three-act treatment. Heavy without being deep, cutting but not witty, Suzanne Heathcote’s 2015 drama of family dysfunctionality is an odd holiday-time snark-fest of a show, custom-made for the Bah, humbug set."
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Hugh Iglarsh



Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

"...This is a very funny play even though my descriptions may not have sounded all that funny. Schadenfreude, remember? We laugh at their dysfunction while rooting for them to find some way past it. That is what happens in the best plays of this type, and this is indeed one of them."
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Karen Topham



Picture This Post- Recommended

"...Finding home or finding comfort in those who accept you for who you are was crucial for our three main ladies. Though they may be uncertain about what the future holds, at least they're working towards a better tomorrow. I SAW MY NEIGHBOR ON THE TRAIN is a good fit for someone who has a taste for familial drama."
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Alexis Bugajski