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  In the Wake at The Greenhouse Theater Center

In the Wake

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

Set between 2000 and 2005, In the Wake is the story of Ellen, a liberal journalist struggling to cope with her changing beliefs about politics and love. Ellen is vocally, actively opposed to the Bush Administration and the War in Iraq, but is confounded when her closest friends and lovers don't share her outrage and passionate opposition to what's being done to their country. Eventually, Ellen is forced to confront a blind spot in her thinking about the world -- and herself. This bitingly humorous play from Tony Award-winning playwright and actress Lisa Kron (Fun Home) is coming to the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.

Thru - Aug 26, 2017

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 8:00pm



Price: $15-$20

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-404-7336

Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission

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  In the Wake Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Between bouts of relationship battling and political speechifying, clips from the nonstop news cycle are projected against the back wall of Rachel Rauscher's plain, domestic set for this production by the Comrades. Bush II defeats Gore. Bush II mutters threats into a megaphone at Ground Zero. Helicopters pull bodies off of rooftops in New Orleans. As each chaotic blip fades to static, it's clear that some connection is being posited between the footage and the play, but the two run on parallel tracks, never meeting up."
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Max Maller


Windy City Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Despite being politically top-heavy and too long, In the Wake has its moments and generates empathy, in part because of Kron's skillful character writing and in part because the cast successfully sustains the character lines through a long play, especially Sengenberger as Ellen."
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Jonathan Abarbanel


ChicagoCritic - Not Recommended

"...Kronís characters donít seem real, but only around to move her agenda. When you overwhelm audiences with too many ideas, throw-in loads of politics, put the lead character in a contriductory relationship delimna, we besome irritated. I felt manipulated, became confused, and ultimately unsatisfied with this work. Ellenís blind spot became Kronís since she didnít realize that she grossly overwrote In The Wake. It sure was a long 2 hous and 30 minutes."
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Tom Williams


Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...In Lisa Kronís fascinating drama we meet a protagonist whoís liberal, smart, compassionate and given to unedited, heartfelt oration. She understands all the right things to say and knows all the right answers. But Ellenís mistake is that she fails to see and overcome her own blind spot. This is her fatal flaw. In the end she finally understands what sheís been missing and Ellen finds that, as Amy has explained to her, the negative space has ultimately taken over her life."
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Colin Douglas


Picture This Post - Recommended

"...Tucked into the Greenhouseís downstairs studio space, The Comradesí production of IN THE WAKE pulls off the near impossible. Lisa Kronís play premiered in 2010 as a personal-political snapshot of the Ďnaughts, beginning with the contested 2000 presidential election and ending five years later, around the time of Hurricane Katrina. More than one character onstage declares this as the worst of all possible times. In the muck-filled context of todayís political scene, the production manages to make Kronís dialogue seem more prescient than naive."
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Susan Lieberman


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