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  Orpheus Descending at American Theater Company

Orpheus Descending

American Theater Company
1909 W Byron Chicago

An overlooked masterpiece by an American master. Carmen Roman, one of Chicago theater's most treasured actors, makes a triumphant return to ATC as a shopkeeper trapped in a deadly marriage who is reborn as she takes up with a young musician in a small southern town. Sexy, lyrical, and haunting.

Thru - Nov 13, 2005



Price: $20-$30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-409-4125

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  Orpheus Descending Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...These are subtle performers who can swing for the fences but know when to say when. They have the stuff for Williams' operatic, mythically scaled passion. But in director Damon Kiely's staging -- his best to date at ATC -- they find the human beings inside all the humid theatrics."
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Michael Phillips


Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" is "THEATER" -- a work that almost demands to be described in upper-case letters. And director Damon Kiely's revival of the 1957 drama -- blazing, hot-blooded, just at the brink of over-the-top -- never shrinks from that essential demand in its impressively grand-scale production at the American Theatre Company."
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Hedy Weiss


Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"This seems to be the season in which uncommonly good leading performances buoy flawed plays that otherwise sink.... Now add to the list Carmen Roman, the seemingly fragile actress who turns out to be strong enough to support the whole Orpheus Descending..."

Christopher Piatt



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