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  Peerless at The Den Theatre


The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

In an ordinary Midwestern high school, twin sisters M and L are competitive with everyone - except each other. When the failsafe combination of perfect academics, killer extracurriculars, and calculated self-identification fails to impress The College’s early decision admissions board, they hatch a sinister Plan B to secure their future. PEERLESS is a blisteringly funny new riff on Shakespeare’s Macbeth about the unbreakable bond between sisters whose vaulting ambition will not be deferred at any cost.

Presented by First Floor Theater

Thru - Mar 11, 2017

Price: $20

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-697-3830

  Peerless Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...Something about the production, though, doesn't quite click into place and I think it's a matter of tone. Pimentel has made a specific choice with how that first scene is staged — dressed identically, the twins stand side by side robotically, holding hands and staring straight ahead as they deliver their lines. That's not a stage direction in the script. And it has the effect of conjuring "The Shining," which is a complete different genre of movie. The blocking is not a half-bad idea, actually; Park is definitely playing around with horror tropes. But that's not where the play starts, not tonally. It needs to gradually wind its way there, because as is, the early scenes feel too arid, too menacing to be truly funny. I found myself admiring the play's attributes rather than fully engaging with them."
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Nina Metz

Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...Played out on William Boles and Arnel Sancianco's creepily spartan set (part locker room, part dance club, part surgical theater), the action proceeds with nightmarish inevitability and cartoonish glee. While Park's plotting falters in the climax, Pimentel never lets the tension sag-he even mines multiple Macbeth allusions without forcing his hand."
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Justin Hayford

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Park's conceit is slight, but clever and artfully accomplished; the streamlined cast of characters is filled out by a freakily foreboding goth chick known as Dirty Girl (Amanda Fink), standing in Shakespeare's Weird Sisters, and M.'s boyfriend (W. Matt Daniels), who becomes a liability. Hutch Pimentel's staging of Peerless's Chicago premiere is scruffily endearing, though you want Adachi-Winter and Chu to evince a stronger rapport. The play's opening scene sets M and L up in a volley of sentence-completing twinspeak, but at the performance I saw several days after opening night, the exchange felt hesitant and inorganic. One senses these characters are meant to be as creepy a gestalt as the sisters from The Shining before the cracks in their alliance begin to appear. Though both compelling presences, they never quite convince as a single unit."
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Kris Vire

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...“Peerless” doesn’t have an answer. But it poses the question in a lucid, terrifying vision of need, greed, love and guilt."
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Jay Van Ort

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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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