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  Out Of Love at Rivendell Theatre

Out Of Love

Rivendell Theatre
5775 N. Ridge Avenue Chicago

Trust. Betrayal. Loyalty. Humiliation. That's what friends are for. Grace and Lorna have been inseparable since childhood, and vow one day to get out of their small English town and make something of themselves. But the world has different plans. An honest and brutal depiction of companionship, rivalry and the fiery bond that exists between women, Out of Love bravely examines one life-long friendship in all it's beautiful, gory complexity.

Presented by Interrobang Theatre Project

Thru - Sep 14, 2019

Price: $32

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-219-4140

  Out Of Love Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...In its best moments, and there are many of those, Verdin’s production, which stars Sarah Gise and Laura Berner Taylor and is staged on a expressionistic set from Sotirios Livaditis, has the guts to go with the complexity of the ideas and feelings here — it’s not easy, since sexual exploration and exploitation are key elements of the story of Lorna and Grace. But both Gise and Taylor offer vulnerable but assertive performances and you’ll find yourself immersed in the trajectories of their likable characters. Peter Gertas has the tough job of playing all the guys and the result is, I think, rather more benign than Cook intends. Not every scene here is a rich as it could be."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...As it ebbs through Lorna and Grace's bond, the show bites at patriarchal bullshit. Playwright Elinor Cook's feminist sensibilites are at their most delectable as Actor 3 (Peter Gertas)—the show's only man—wholeheartedly plays all the male characters, bestowing a different depiction of privilege and lethargy to each. In Grace and Lorna's mythology, all men eventually become the same monster. These supporting roles give Gise and Taylor ample space to embody the heat and rage that forge female friendships, relatable and occasionally hideous impulses I've certainly held on to since girlhood. Clearly written for folks who can summon those feelings, it's a speedy 75-minute show that manages both tenderness and grit."
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KT Hawbaker

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...I enjoy the works that our smaller theater companies bring to their stages. For the most part they are very realistic stories, making them easier to understand. The intimacy of the theater, for the most part , allows us to feel like that "fly on the wall" we have all heard about. The Rivendell Theatre , now serving as the venue for Interrobang Theatre Project is a great spot for a small play ( except for its location relative to parking), This is where they are presenting the Unites State Premiere of Elinor Cook's "Out Of Love"."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Even within such a short run time, we learn so much about the lives of these young women that the last few scenes feel dreadfully rushed. We can intuit things about their older selves without being told outright, but after such articulate playwriting for the first hour, the final fifteen minutes feel askew. By the end, the story feels unfinished."
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Amana Finn

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Anyone who has ever known another human being should see this show, for to know someone is to be horribly tangled in each other’s flaws and contradictions. In a haunting scene, the young girls ask each other if they always feel guilty, and I can make the grand, sweeping statement that yes, women always feel guilty. But for one evening with this show, women can find respite from being constantly sanitized by society, media, and the men around them."
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Sophie Vitello

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...Out of Love careens along through the cycles of Grace’s and Lorna’s lives in 75 minutes; the later scenes seem really rushed. There are times, such as in the last scene, where I wasn’t certain, even after reading the script, who the two characters are. I probably have never said that a play could be longer, but I think that playwright Cook could smooth out some of these rough spots by fleshing out some of the scenes, even if it means adding 10 minutes to the script."
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Nancy Bishop

Storefront Rebellion - Recommended

"...Cook has a tendency to speed through information drops a little too briskly for a play that's asking us to piece together its timeline as we go. Emotional beats, too, can seemingly erupt from nowhere; our girls can go from allies to adversaries so fast your head will spin. But maybe that's just documentary truth for the turbulent and determinative kind of friendship Cook depicts."
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Kris Vire

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...There is nothing simple about the spark that sometimes lights between girls and women. Each long-term friendship is a series of hills and valleys (and sometimes deep caves and dangerous seas) that must be navigated for it to survive. Out of Love unabashedly presents us with life in all of its glory and ugliness as these characters, united by an accident of birth, traverse the difficulties their personalities and their circumstances place in the way of love. Cook has written probably the best examination of the intricate entanglements of female friendship that I have ever seen. It's difficult to imagine any woman who will not be moved by it."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...A script as rich as life itself, and performed with consummate skill-this is a top pick for any lover of theater and especially for those drawn to slice of life literature."
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Amy Munice

Rescripted - Highly Recommended

"...“Out of Love” is the story of Grace and Lorna, two young women living in the north of England, and of their lifelong, decades-spanning friendship. Scenes from their intertwining lives are presented out of chronological order, but in a perfectly correct emotional order. Details are teased slowly; exposition is planted carefully through tiny clues in the utterly realistic dialogue, which keeps the audience playing the detective, trying to figure out timelines and life details. The script from Elinor Cook is masterfully written; the decision to present scenes out of sequence is inspired. That’s what memories from such an intense, defining friendship feel like — and it keeps us on our toes, making us pay close attention to what’s going on."
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Aaron Lockman

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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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