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  Plainclothes at The Den Theatre


The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

When a violent encounter with a shoplifter leaves half of their team fired or in the hospital, the security guards of a downtown Chicago retail store find themselves under corporate investigation. Short-staffed, ill prepared and faced with accusations of racial profiling that threaten to dismantle the crew, they're forced to decide: do we admit to something we're not guilty of to save our jobs, or do we give the higher-ups a taste of what it's like in the trenches? In the style of their breakout hit At The Table, Broken Nose Theatre and playwright Spenser Davis have assembled an all-star cast to develop this world premiere.

Presented by Broken Nose Theatre

Thru - Dec 15, 2018

Fri, Nov 16: 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 17: 7:30pm
Sun, Nov 18: 3:00pm
Thu, Nov 22: 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 23: 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 24: 7:30pm
Sun, Nov 25: 3:00pm
Mon, Nov 26: 7:30pm
Thu, Nov 29: 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 30: 7:30pm
Sat, Dec 1: 7:30pm
Sun, Dec 2: 3:00pm
Thu, Dec 6: 7:30pm
Fri, Dec 7: 7:30pm
Sat, Dec 8: 7:30pm
Sun, Dec 9: 3:00pm
Thu, Dec 13: 7:30pm
Fri, Dec 14: 7:30pm
Sat, Dec 15: 7:30pm

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-697-3830

  Plainclothes Reviews
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Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Co-directed by Davis and Kanomé Jones, the play was developed in concert with the cast—a process inspired by the one that writer Michael Perlman used for At The Table, which Davis directed for Broken Nose Theatre last year. The dialogue in Plainclothes achieves a similarly naturalistic, overlapping flow, but with far greater energy and volume. (It’s the difference between a babbling brook and burst water main.) Davis doesn’t quite pull off some of the sleight of hand moves his story requires—the first scene after intermission contains a plot twist so severe it feels more like a reboot—but Plainclothes’ rococo mixture of vivacity and cynicism carries it out of trouble and onward towards its raucous conclusion: one where cowardice becomes indistinguishable from malice."
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Alex Huntsberger

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...“Plainclothes” is ensemble work at its finest. Even the actors with less stage time shine when they come in. That is an amazingly positive side effect of the workshopping done by Davis and co-director Kanomé Jones. This play is, undoubtedly, a collaborative gem."
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Amana Finn

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...This exciting new play by company member Spenser Davis absolutely explodes upon the Den Theatre stage and leaves its emotional shrapnel embedded in the mind every audience member. It’s raw and rugged, populated with fascinating, colorful characters and features a story that will haunt the theatergoer and refuse to leave for a long time."
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Colin Douglas

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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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