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  May the Road Rise Up at Factory Theater

May the Road Rise Up

Factory Theater
1623 W Howard St Chicago

Ten years ago, the Murphys suffered a terrible tragedy. In a town this small, everyone knows what happened, even if no one (including the family) talks about it. Not Danny, the Irish ex-boxer whose sixty-fifth birthday party is steadily approaching. Not his daughter Patty, a nurse on the graveyard shift who is kindling a new romance in secret. Nor her son Michael, who mysteriously left town three years ago and has returned with little more than the clothes on his back. On the eve of what should be a momentous occasion, friends and family members come to realize that the past they buried has been festering beneath the surface... and if they don't act quickly, the wounds may never heal.

Thru - Mar 30, 2019

Show Type: Drama

  May the Road Rise Up Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Michael's brief return to his small hometown to attend his grandpa Danny's birthday is the catalyst that shows how an abundance of blame and inaction can cause a community to implode. Yet unbridled friendship and good alcohol prove choice comfort. This is a play about how we heal and cope in a time of turmoil, internal and external. Through major tragic losses, combined with deep-seated guilt and gut-wrenching revelations, O'Neill has crafted an exemplary work that leaves much room for humor and hope."
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Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel

The Fourth Walsh - Recommended

"...Director Spenser Davis orchestrates this dramedy with authenticity. A first kiss feels unrehearsed and spontaneous. Poker banter sounds spiked with whiskey. An awkward car ride is the impetus to an honest exchange. Davis skillfully balances the serious and the playful. A looming sadness is intermingled with pure merriment. The ensemble own their roles and their connection to the family. Especially noteworthy are an effervescent Julia Rowley (Ruby) and the hilariously wise-cracking Maggie Cain (Evelyn)."
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Katy Walsh

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...May the Road Rise Up is an uplifting and enjoyable piece, and The Factory Theater handles it well. If you expect an Irish play to be melancholy, this is something wholly different. Itís a joy to be a part of on a cold late winter evening."
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Karen Topham

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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