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Blizzard '67

Chicago Dramatists
1105 W Chicago Chicago

Jon Stienhagen’s Blizzard ’67 takes us to the fast-paced, high-pressured, glamorous Loop of the late 1960s when ambitious, arrogant businessmen fought ruthlessly for power and respect. Lanfield, Henkin, Emery, and Bell spend their work days competing mercilessly with each other but when they find themselves trapped in the most fearsome blizzard Chicago has ever known, it is their survival, rather than promotion, on the line. If they don’t work together and overcome their corporate rivalries, they’ll be left out in the cold. For the 45th anniversary of the infamous blizzard that shut down Chicago for days, an ensemble of four actors will recreate that chilling Chicago memory and the surrounding frenzy.

Thru - Feb 12, 2012

Price: $15-$32

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-633-0630

Running Time: 2hrs

  Blizzard '67 Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...If you are a sucker for local plays, or if you stare each morning at Tom Skilling's weather page, imagining the deeper stories therein, you'll find a lot to like in what, for the Chicago-based Steinhagen, is a significant step toward darker and more emotional themes for a writer long adept at quirky comedy. Aside from its close attention to West Loop topography — you can well imagine this little crew thinking Morgan Street was Randolph — the piece genuinely captures the depressive cycles that many of us hit during winter, when freezes kill our love for our city and thaws make us give it another chance, even as non-weather factors in our lives play out in front of this strangely influential backdrop."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Steinhagen's dialogue nails the enervating corporate world these guys occupy, and his plot shreds the usual we-all-pull-together American mythology. Russ Tutterow's staging brings out most of the textures in this engaging character study, with especially good work from John Gawlik as the secretly grieving, publicly raging Landfield and Andy Hager as Bell, a go-along-to-get-along paper pusher."
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Kerry Reid

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Told as straightforward crisis-drama, it would be easy for us to wallow in the emotional hysteria, but Steinhagen's purpose isn't facile hankie-chewing thrills. Our unlikely band of brothers announce at the outset that they are recounting an adventure long concluded, and the fates of the disparate participants settled, in hopes that their hindsight will bring us wisdom, comfort and perhaps courage in the face of other seemingly overwhelming adversaries. Their final exhortation to "wrap up, stay warm and drive safely" is also a benediction, extended by those who survived (or didn't) an unforeseen cataclysm changing the course of their lives forever."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...The four actors—John Gawlik as an increasingly problem drinker, Andy Hager as a morose family man, Stephen Spencer as a smug single and Andy Lutz as the youngster whose greatest ambition is an office with a window, or at least an office—are marvelous, sharing group narration that switches seamlessly between first- and third-person. Director Russ Tutterow and his cast quickly establish the group dynamic—so quickly, in fact, that they highlight the major flaw of Steinhagen’s script: its length. Particularly in the first act, leading up to the blizzard that strands the guys in their car and sets off the life-changing events, the play can feel sluggish and repetitive. If Steinhagen shovels away a few extra inches, he’ll have a cooler comedy."
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Kris Vire

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"... Blizzard ’67 is much more that a snow storm comedy,more thata quirky satire of ’60′s corporate types. It is a honest look at how four men deal with unforeseen chaotic events. Their personalities, warts and all, dictatetheir actions. Besides being a engaging theatre piece, Blizzard ’67 is a poignantstudy into the nature of human reactions – guilt and self-preservation dominant.Thisis Steinhagen’s finest work to date. Don’t miss this quirky gem. It is worth battling a snow storm to see."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"... Bottom line speaking (as the guys do), this flaky tragicomedy asks us how we live with things we never thought we'd do. Its chill isn't bound by winter—it’s prolonged by the secrets we hide under formless mounds of memory, waiting for a thaw. The joke here isn’t on us—it is us."

Lawrence Bommer

Chicago Theater Beat - Highly Recommended

"...Before male bonding and bromances, a man’s world was a little more competitive and a whole lot more impersonal. Steinhagen does a masterful job of recreating the male isolation of the time period and then drops two feet of snow on top of it. Tutterow plows through the snowstorm with well-paced action and humor. The company of Gawlik, Hager, Lutz, and Spencer shovel out thought-provoking performances. Blizzard ‘67 isn’t about the pretty white snow. It’s about the dark sludge left behind in a disaster’s aftermath."

Katy Walsh

   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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