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  Melancholy Play at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Melancholy Play

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

Contrary to its title, this bubbly, whimsical comedy from the acclaimed playwright of The Clean House and Dead Man's Cell Phone will make you fall in love with love. Bank teller Tilly is consumed by a melancholy so exquisite that everyone she meets becomes infatuated with her: her tailor, her hairdresser and even her therapist succumb to the allure of her perpetual sadness. But when Tilly inexplicably discovers happiness, her joy wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours. Get swept away by whimsy when Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center brings Sarah Ruhl's Melancholy Play to the stage.

Presented by Organic Theater Company

Thru - Apr 14, 2019

Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:30pm

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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  Melancholy Play Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...But the sketch-length highlights aren't enough to sustain an otherwise droll-to-the-point-of-boring comedy, which more often than not luxuriates in the same character tropes and gaudy, lyrical prose it's supposedly poking fun at. An entire final-act subplot of sad people transforming into almonds blurs the line between self-awareness and self-parody to the point where it is rendered indistinguishable."
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Dan Jakes

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...But the biggest problem is that Ruhl's anatomy of melancholy is mainly misleading: The "melancholic" and mournful qualities that Ruhl attributes to Tilly are really an amalgam of neurasthenia and hypochondria. It's more self-pity than sentiment and more common to drama queens than dreamers. And too soon it's too tiresome."
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Lawrence Bommer

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...This new production of one of Sarah Ruhl's first plays is enchanting. Later in her career we'd enjoy other exciting plays from this Illinois native, such as "The Clean House," "In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)" and "Dead Man's Cell Phone;" but this early effort from this talented playwright is a precursor of great things to come. In Laura Sturms' simple, stylish, creatively inventive production, the manner with which she guides her actors, contrasting melodrama with realism, is everything. This director understands how the play's surrealism can be emphasized by such diversity and Ms. Sturms makes the most of her choices. The play breathes with the gentle winds of the season, and makes the perfect entertaining diversion for a warm, Spring evening."
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Colin Douglas - Highly Recommended

"...Directed by Laura Sturm, this Organic Theatre rendition of Melancholy Play features a musical score and arrangements by composer/sound designer Tony Reimer (played from recordings). The music is perhaps a nod to Ruhl’s 2012 adaptation of the 2002 original into a “chamber musical” withd a string quartet scored by Todd Almond. As well, Organic's production features a live cellist, who is also a character (Michaela Voit as Julian) serves as commenting chorus with musical interjections. Though set way back on stage, Voit gains attention with her occasional arresting grimaces and glares. Also notable in the production are the simple and elegant sets and the costuimes by Julane Sullivan are notably elegant and arresting."
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Bill Esler

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   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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