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About Face Theatre at Theater Wit
Thru - Dec 7, 2019

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About Face Theatre at Theater Wit

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Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended

"...Bradley walks the audience through the emotional journey he has taken from growing up in Iowa, to living as a queer man during the AIDS crisis, to finding his place here in Chicago. It's a journey that deals with drug and alcohol abuse, the fight for marriage equality and, most prevalently, a nagging feeling of inadequacy stemming from childhood abuse."
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Jerald Pierce

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...I was reminded throughout of Steven Strafford's Methtacular!, also presented by About Face a few years ago, which touched on similar serious themes and used comedy to make harrowing plot points more cutting or palatable. A bit more humor here would serve Bradley's often painful story well, but the warmth expressed in his acceptance and love for his midwestern home is undeniable."
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Dan Jakes

Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended

"...Some solo shows can be valued simply for their superb simulations of someone else’s story. Others succeed because we pay extra special attention when the chronicler actually experienced what they’re sharing. Packing, an About Face Theatre world premiere by and from Chicago theater artist Scott Bradley, has the best of both breeds of one-person plays. As they say, “he’s been there and sent back postcards” and Bradley tells his trauma with pizzazz as much as precision."
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Lawrence Bommer

Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

"...Skillfully directed with sensitivity and artistry by Chay Yew, the esteemed artistic director of Victory Gardens, Scott Bradley is wonderful in this solo performance. He paints a colorful self-portrait of a talented, caring human being who simply wants to be loved, recognized for his skills and accepted for who he is. In this touching, heartfelt, honest and often humorous performance, Mr. Bradley bares his soul and shows us that he’s Everyman. He’s just like every one of us, in so many ways. Thus, this incredible solo performance taps into our own hearts and souls and leaves us enlightened, as well as entertained."
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Colin Douglas Highly Recommended

"...“Packing” is a journey of self-acceptance through an era that was less gay friendly. It’s Scott Bradley exposing his storied life in order to help anyone who finds themselves in the same boat. It’s a theater experience that gives voice to anyone who fled small town roots in order to find themselves."
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John Accrocco

Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

"...Full of honesty and triumph, Packing is must-see. Yew and Bradley's collaboration creates an experience that this writer certainly has not stopped thinking about since."
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Lauren Katz