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  Pillars of the Community at Strawdog Theatre

Pillars of the Community

Strawdog Theatre
1802 W. Berenice Chicago

Adamsonís acclaimed adaptation of the 1877 Ibsen play tells the story of the return of a fugitive brother that puts the future of wealthy businessman Karsten Bernick in peril. Details of a long-buried sex scandal and embezzlement come to the surface and force Bernick to face his family, his community and his demons. Adamson's version was first produced at the National Theatre and starred Damien Lewis.

Thru - Mar 3, 2018

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-528-9696

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  Pillars of the Community Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...There's exceptional work on display up and down the massive cast, but Allison Latta is a highlight as a force of nature whose homecoming forever upsets the balance of a tightly knit "moral" community."
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Dan Jakes

NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...For all its issues in terms of acting and look, the production still manages to pack a punch, thanks to the underlying strength of Ibsenís story. Thereís nothing dated about Karstenís double-bind situation: that to protect his public honor, he must live a private lie. As Ibsenís bourgeois hero finally comes to understand, he can be a pillar of rigid order and smothering idealism or an authentic, feeling, flawed human being, but he cannot be both."
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Hugh Iglarsh

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...This play, which at a two-and-a-half hour running time, feels a bit longwinded, is an opportunity to view one of Henrik Ibsenís early, seldom-produced dramas. The new adaptation gives it a modern feel and this stellar cast makes this production immediate and moving. In todayís world, where the most selfish, wealthiest men are controlling everyone else in this country, with very little regard for anyone elseís welfare, this production speaks to 21st century audiences of a very familiar way of life."
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Colin Douglas

The Fourth Walsh - Recommended

"...I really enjoyed PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY. Although untangling the cast of characters and their relationship to each other proved tough, the story was relevant and timeless. Lattaís slap and exclamation at the end left me hopeful for the real world."
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Katy Walsh

Third Coast Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...Running two-and-a-half hours, Pillars of the Community is a dialogue-rich production heavy with big ideas and little action. Robertsí performance notwithstanding, Pillarsí messaging about capitalism and the repercussions of leaders acting in their own self-interest gets bogged down by an ending that lacks the emotional payoff one typically expects from Ibsen."
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Brent Eickhoff

The Hawk Chicago - Recommended

"...While it overstays its welcome a bit, the effort and talent of Strawdog Theatre are well-worth seeing. The world building and immersion of this production are astounding thanks to powerful acting and clever stage design. Despite its issues with pacing and a lackluster ending, Pillars of the Community draws the audience in with its strong cast, interesting character arcs, and powerful thematic presence."
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Ryan Moore

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...The inexorable movement of the well-made play becomes a trap for Karston that will spell death for him and his family, unless he can summon the courage to change course at the last minute. As Ibsen grew more comfortable with prose he drifted from the plot-driven well-made-play, but in this instance, he injected the formula with his keen perception of what motivates people to free or destroy themselves. With ideal design and casting, Strawdog's revival is an opportunity to see this play at its full potential."
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Jacob Davis

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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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