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  Mrs. Warren's Profession at Otherworld Theatre

Mrs. Warren's Profession

Otherworld Theatre
3914 N Clark Street Chicago

George Bernard Shaw's satirical take on the limited opportunities for women in late 19th Century British society. One of Shaw's earliest plays, it is representative of Shaw's gift for delivering biting social criticism with humor. Promethean's production will be performed in a brand-new world premiere adaptation by Melanie Spewock that streamlines Shaw's text and makes it more woman-centric, focusing on the mother-daughter relationship between Mrs. Warren and her daughter Vivie.

Presented by Promethean Theatre Ensemble

Thru - Mar 13, 2020

Show Times TBA

Price: $30

Show Type: Comedy

  Mrs. Warren's Profession Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Michael D. Graham's production of Melanie Spewock's adaptation includes plenty of the costumey, English Department-style foppishness often featured by Promethean Theatre, but at its core is a biting, whirlwind performance by Elaine Carlson in the title role. Carlson's read on Mrs. Warren's larger-than-life personality, humor, righteousness, and ultimate disillusionment exemplifies the proscenium-sized grandiosity of Shaw's best characters—even in cozy blackbox."
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Dan Jakes

Splash Magazine - Highly Recommended

"...Spewock, Graham, and the entire Promethean Ensemble team have done Shaw proud. This is nothing less than a superb production and, by that, I don’t mean a superb production given the inherent limitations and minuscule budget of a storefront theatre. It is first-rate, period. If you’ve never seen Mrs. Warren’s Profession, or assume that it is only a somewhat-dated “problem” play that addresses its issues in the couched and careful language of its time, you owe it to yourself to see this powerful and enduring drama at one of Chicago’s truly excellent small theatre companies. "
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Michael Antman

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...This play adapted by Melanie Spewock brings the impact of what Mr. Shaw was trying to say without dragging out the show as other theatre have done. She brings the show down to a respectable 2 hours and 10 minutes with a 10 min intermission. Directed by Michael Graham, the story flows and all the actors have been perfectly selected for this play. Being such a small theatre that comfortable handles a small audience, I must acknowledge the work of Conor Clark, the set designer. Too take a small space and make it work so well into different locations was masterful. It blends so well with the motto of Promethean Theatre “To create theatre that fuses simplicity of design with intelligent, passionate storytelling”."
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Frank Meccia

NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...In my limited time as a critic, I don’t think I have been so torn about a production. “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” at Promethean Theatre Ensemble brings to life the ever-relevant work of George Bernard Shaw, a playwright who can hold up a mirror to today’s blemishes despite being dead for more than seventy years. A brilliant revival choice that could’ve been an invigorating think piece, “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” doesn’t reach its potential due to an ironic lack of professionalism."
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Hayley Osborn - Highly Recommended

"...Mrs. Warren’s Profession brings us a breakthrough performance by Elaine Carlson in the role of Mrs. Kitty Warren, the wealthy proprietress of a collection of boutique brothel hotels in England and abroad. Carlson brings us a fully developed character, and has plumbed every nook and cranny of Kitty Warren’s emotional make-up. The result is a powerful performance, one that knocked me off my feet. Carlson so fully inhabits the role that we no longer see the actress, we see Kitty Warren."
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Bill Esler

Chicago Theater and Arts - Recommended

"...I am not familiar with the original version by George Bernard Shaw but this world premiere adaptation by Melanie Spewock, directed by Michael D. Graham, is said to concentrate more on the relationship between mother and daughter which it apparently does."
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Reno Lovison

Chicago On Stage - Recommended

"...The audience still laughs in reaction to Shaw’s language and empathizes with Kitty and Vivie where it should, and the play remains fully faithful to Shaw’s intentions. The chairs may be less than comfortable and a bit too tightly packed, but Promethean’s Mrs. Warren is extremely enjoyable."
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Karen Topham

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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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