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On Clover Road
On Clover Road

On Clover Road
American Blues Theater at Stage 773
Thru - Mar 16, 2019

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American Blues Theater at Stage 773

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Chicago Tribune- Recommended

"...Dietz’s play ultimately feels more like a well-done homage to a familiar narrative form than a wholly original point of view. (At points, I was reminded of the 2011 film “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” about a young girl who has left a cult but still suffers from the conditioning she received.) But Kays’ production provides an absorbing, stylish and sometimes insightful snapshot of how easy it is for charlatans to ensnare those who fall by the wayside as they seek a lonely road to freedom and self-knowledge."
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Kerry Reid



Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended

"...Kate Hunter is terrified, desperate, hanging on by her fingernails. Her adolescent daughter ran away three years ago, and finally Kate has a lead to the girl's seclusion in a cult - even a glimmer of hope that on this day, all may end well. That's why, in Steven Dietz's thriller "On Clover Road," we find Kate holed up in a dilapidated motel room with a brusque, imperious de-programmer who claims he's experienced at reeling kids back from the abyss. The room, this marvelous ramshackle room at the center of American Blues Theater's heart-stopping production, speaks volumes, like one more player in a dark tale."
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Lawrence B. Johnson



Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...Are you a thriller buff? If you do, have I got a show for you! The title of the show is “On Clover Road”, written by Steven Dietz, who after seeing this piece, I will seek out to read and see more of his works. This is one of those plays were I must hold back on the story so I will not ruin the surprises that are contained within it. The basic story is about a woman, Kate Hunter ( Gwendolyn Whiteside is as always powerful and wonderful in this exhausting role), who is trying to get her daughter back from the cult where she is living. For years, she has tried to get assistance from the police and agencies who say that since the daughter left on her own, they can do nothing."
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Alan Bresloff



Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

"...It’s said that a thriller offers audiences a unique form of escapism. Theatergoers experience a catharsis in watching others face danger and escape from it. The ability to frighten and manipulate the theatergoer isn’t always easy to achieve. However, director Halena Kays has managed to accomplish this, in spades. She’s helped her talented ensemble develop a cast of multi-layered characters, both sympathetic and repugnant, and to create a drama of relenting suspense. Guaranteed to quicken pulses and keep audiences on the edge of their seats, this is not a play for the feint of heart. It may, as it did opening night, provoke some patrons to cry out in response, and it most certainly will inspire a few nightmares. American Blues Theater has a hit of heart-stopping horror on its hands."
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Colin Douglas



Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended

"...It's not often that a play comes around that creates such drama and suspense, your heart races and you might have to look away. Such is the case with the live performance of "On Clover Road," playing at American Blues Theater through March 16, 2019."
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Jodie Jacobs



PicksInSix- Recommended

"...Director Halena Kays has assembled a superbly talented ensemble featuring ABT's artistic director Gwendolyn Whiteside (Kate) with fellow ABT ensemble member Philip Earl Johnson (Stine). I found it especially satisfying to see these two fine Chicago actors rip through Dietz's irresistibly suspenseful 90-minute work, which is set in three movements over the course of a single day. Jon Hudson Odom adds his formidable skills to the role of Harris McClain, and Grace Smith is terrific in the role of The Girl."
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Ed Tracy



Picture This Post- Recommended

"...There’s surprises and intrigue around every turn with heightened emotions so we’re never sure what’s coming next. ON CLOVER ROAD might not be the best fit for someone who is looking for a more straightforward plotline. But if you love thrillers, twists, and uncertainty this show would be a good fit for you."
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Alexis Bugajski