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  Radio Golf at Raven Theatre

Radio Golf

Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St Chicago

"Radio Golf", written in 2005, was August Wilson’s last play before his untimely death (August 2005). It is also the final chapter in "The Pittsburgh Cycle". In this stirring drama an Ivy League educated entrepreneur, Harmond Wilks, and his banking executive friend plan to convert a blighted neighborhood into an expansive shopping mall. Their ultimate goal is to use Wilks’ success as a developer to leverage him into becoming Pittsburgh’s first African American mayor. It’s a dirty political business that includes back room deals and zoning loop holes. When they discover that a building cited for demolition has a history that affects their heritage, these two modern men are forced to get in touch with their past. "Radio Golf" won the 2007 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

Thru - Apr 9, 2011

Price: $20-$40

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-338-2177

Running Time: 2hrs, 15mins; one intermission

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  Radio Golf Reviews
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Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Director Aaron Todd Douglas has sped up the tempo of much of the dialogue, and while this creates a certain here-and-now energy throughout, some great bits of speechifying get lost in the rush."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...The script itself develops problems when Wilks sets out on a crusade to expose his own illegal dealings, endangering both his campaign and his plausibility as a character. A more interesting plot line concerns Wilks's sidekick, Roosevelt Hicks, who has to face the uncomfortable realization that race may have played a part in his latest business opportunity."
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Keith Griffith

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"... Douglas seemingly has directed his cast to take up as much room as possible on Andrei Onegin’s unnecessarily sprawling set; meandering, gesticulating and sudden turns to the audience are particularly pervasive in scenes between Pogue and a stiff Thomas. Added distractions include glacially paced transitions accompanied by Katherine M. Chavez and Joe Plummer’s soundtrack of ’90s hip-hop and R&B hits. The saving graces: David Adams as Old Joe, the slightly batty would-be owner of 1839 Wylie, and Antoine Pierre Whitfield as Sterling Johnson, a construction worker staunchly on Joe’s side."
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Julienne Bilker

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...August Wilson’s balanced and totally honest presentation of the struggles of the emerging African-American entrepreneurs as to what is in the best interests as public capitalism verses private individual’s right conflict. What roles does ethics and social morality play in urban planning? This play is still relevant today. And, it is terrific theatre. Get to Raven Theatre to tee-off to a wonderful play."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...For Wilson this comparatively short two-hour “Radio Golf” delivers some remarkably unambiguous advocacy in its defense of the old neighborhood that inspired the previous plays. Compared to other works in the cycle, there are fewer symbols and less anecdotal exposition. What remains constant is the big small talk that transforms every complex character into a one-person community. Since this is August Wilson, these five actors inevitably stand in for so many more, a few of whom may well be in the audience."

Lawrence Bommer

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Raven Theatre has truly made great use of its stage area over the last few seasons and Andrei Onegin’s office set once again proves that even the lesser endowed troupes in Chicago come up with great tech people and support. Mary O’Dowd’s props are also very detailed and even though to many props are just “things” this is not true- for the actors and directors, props are essentials and to the audience, it allows them to see things clearly."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theater Beat - Recommended

"...David Adams is the most consistent and entertaining of the bunch. Patient and methodical as the stubborn but righteous owner of the dilapidated property at 1839 Wylie Ave.—a brick house that stands in Wilks’ way between continued suburban poverty and a massive, gentrifying real estate complex—Adams carries the weary but proud burden of a man who values what’s right. Blue collar local Sterling Johnson (Antoine Pierre Whitfield) does likewise. Both actors nail Radio Golf’s comedy with complementing styles: Adams understated and Whitfield abrasive."

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