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The Prisoner's Dilemma

Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St Chicago

Theatre Mir presents the US premiere of David Edgar's The Prisoner's Dilemma, which premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London in 2001. A bloody conflict on Europe's eastern border is escalating at an alarming rate, while every effort is made behind closed doors to find peace. Edgar provides a rare look at the processes of mapping out a delicate peace in this epic play that moves thrillingly between the drama of the negotiating table and the theatre of war.

Presented by Theatre Mir

Thru - Jun 22, 2008

Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm
Sundays: 3:30pm

Price: $20-$25

Stage: West Stage

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-338-2177

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  The Prisoner's Dilemma Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...The members of Theatre Mir were clearly making a statement when they chose this worthwhile but difficult piece for their inaugural production. If only the show itself were as clear. Though Rob Chambers's cast undoubtedly have the craft to tell Edgar's tale of negotiations aimed at heading off ethnic bloodshed in a fictional Balkan state--and may yet bring it to bear--they undercut themselves on opening night by trying to take their dialect-heavy speeches too fast. That plus some unfortunate role-doubling led to a garbled statement."

Tony Adler

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...Staged with energy and speed by Rob Chambers, The Prisoner's Dilemma requires attention and astute listening due to its content and its array of reasonably authentic European accents not always easy to understand. It challenges audiences to become intellectually engaged more than emotionally invested. This is theateróboth the play and Mirówith a head on its shoulders."

Jonathan Abarbanel

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Sean Sinitski is terrific as a think-tank academic turned remorseless soldieróas are Mira Vasiljevic and Yosh Hayashi as antagonist counterparts facing off over a negotiating table that shifts in size and meaning. But ultimately their tactics are undermined by the absence of a gripping narrative arc."
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Craig Keller

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