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  Interrogation at The Artistic Home


The Artistic Home
1376 W Grand Chicago

With the sudden disappearance of a young girl at a seemingly simple family reunion, Interrogation shines a harsh light on what mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers will do to protect their own. Through the work of a diligent deputy, Woldman sifts through the fact and fiction to reveal the buried secrets of a small town.

Thru - Mar 20, 2016

Price: $28-$32

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission

  Interrogation Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Structurally, it's a semipoetic police procedural, except it hardly proceeds. Rather it ricochets for two hours among telling moments from Griggs's interviews with members of the preternaturally vitriolic Harper family-each of whom has a motive for killing Ellie, especially her boyfriend, squirrely high-schooler Kevin-without escalating the stakes or tension. And in director Scott Westerman's disjointed production, the Harpers are less a family than splenetic strangers. Woldman's admirable dialogue far outshines his plotting."
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Justin Hayford

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...A few playgoers attending this world-premiere production may claim to identify the murderer before the end of the play. They will be lying. Just as the secret of television "reality" shows is to make the viewer forget that the camera is affecting what they see, so does playwright Scott Woldman carefully and deliberately point us to what he wants us to see, or more important, what he doesn't want us to see."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...The Interrogation's strength lies in the acting and character development. Kristin Collins and Kathy Scambiatteria led the way as the wackiest as each family member earns our suspension as to Ellie's status. Julian Hester's stoicism screams guilt. The clever twists and possibilities are played out with a unique twist that will surprise you. I found the Interrogation contains the main elements of a worthy dark comedy: strangely believable characters pitted in situations that reveal buried secrets. We easily get intrigued by these misfits and we are on the edge of our seats throughout."
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Tom Williams

NewCity Chicago - Recommended

"...Pulling a rug out from our feet is always a difficult prospect; "the twist" was undone by M. Night Shyamalan. At its core, a good twist is about posing a question that reframes your prejudices of a story. "Interrogation" pulls the rug from under our feet and, in making us forget it was there at all, turns the twist into highly entertaining art."
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John Van Ort

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...INTERROGATION will keep you guessing until the end. Throughout the show, I was continually musing other scenarios simultaneously as the reenactments played out. I love a good mystery. And I especially love solving the mystery before the end of a show or book. I didn't with this one. I left the show with that very satisfying feeling of didn't-see-it-coming. I want to see INTERROGATION again for its Sixth Sense quality."
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Katy Walsh

Chicago Theater Beat - Not Recommended

"...Interrogation sets an ominous scene before the lights go down, thanks to Judy Radovsky and Anders Jacobson’s haunting set and Thomas Dixon’s sound design. If only the ensuing two hours were as compelling. Interrogation is a gratuitous, mean-spirited disappointment, with gaping plot holes, a dull framework and cliché after cliché. Though she’s a major character in flashbacks, perhaps Ellie did the right thing by disappearing from the action."

Lauren Whalen

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