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Tigers Be Still

Theater Wit
1229 W Belmont Ave Chicago

Meet Sherry, a recent college graduate with a master's degree in art therapy. But like so many 20-somethings who find themselves back at home, here she sits, unemployed, overwhelmed and dealing with her crazy family. Happily, things begin to brighten up when she gets hired as a high school art teacher. Now if only the principal would leave his rifle at home, her sister would get off the couch, her mother would come downstairs, her first patient would just do one of his art therapy assignments, and someone would catch the damned tiger that just escaped from the local zoo, everything would be perfect.

Thru - Jun 16, 2012

Price: $18-$36

Show Type: Dark Comedy

Box Office: 773-975-8150

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins

  Tigers Be Still Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"... Although very well cast, director Jeremy Weschler's accessible Theater Wit production is slightly underpaced and it occasionally topples into the twee —Massey , for example, plays it a tad too broad throughout. But the sound design, by Christopher Kriz, makes the show bop along to a playlist of bittersweet tunes. And there are trio of carefully toned performances to enjoy here, including a gutsy turn from Foster, who forges a character too depressed to look like anything but a slob. Despite her loser bonafides, Foster is actually at her best when her gal finally takes some steps toward recovery, with the actress beautifully revealing the tentative way in which we get back in the game after our hearts have been broken. Farabee is similarly impressive, giving his alienated drugstore dude plenty of bite but also showing us a young man whose skills are not fully utilized at the scanner. And then there's Heider, who's just terrific."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Jeremy Wechsler's staging includes some poignant moments and a terrific performance from Guy Massey as the principal. But Rosenstock's taste for twee homiletics and random wacky plot devices (a tiger goes missing from the zoo) make this 90-minute show feel at once overstuffed and undernourished."
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Kerry Reid

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Rosenstock uses what could sound like another self-consciously quirky set of circumstances to instead incisively and empathetically explore her characters’ paralyzing grief, which stalks them like, say, a large, dangerous feline. Jeremy Wechsler’s savvy alley staging is smartly paced and ideally cast. The interplay among Heider, Foster, Farabee and Massey is heightened but fully honest and endearing."
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Kris Vire

Chicago On the Aisle - Somewhat Recommended

"... “Tigers Be Still” tends toward the one-liners of sitcom, though it does so with a consistently sharp edge, largely in the voice of Heider’s kindly, deferential Sherry. She is ever anxious to please and terribly concerned that her first – and very difficult – patient will be her last. While Heider’s sweet Sherry is not without appeal, her real role is that of narrator: She fixes our attention on Zack, in whom playwright Rosenstock has created a character of complexity, wry wit and substance. (On the other hand, the stock figure of plotzed Grace and the functional Joseph effectively join dear old Mom among the dramatically invisible.)"
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Lawrence B. Johnson

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"... At the beginning of Tigers Be Still at Theater Wit, 24-year old Sherry takes a microphone and announces to the audience, karaoke style, “This is the story of how I stopped being a total disaster and got my life on track and did not let overwhelming feelings of anxiousness and loneliness and uselessness just, like, totally eat my brain.” Well, maybe. But for most of this 1 hour and 40 minute one act play, Sherry’s feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and uselessness threaten to bring her down. The young woman is engulfed in problems that her determinedly perky and optimistic attitude may never surmount. Life has dealt Sherry a very bad hand."
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Dan Zeff

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"... The many black-outs and the clunky stagingthatstretched sight lines for many slowed the paced and allowed too much lingering that diluted from the comedy. However, this cute comedy will engage you and garner enough laughs to make you trip to Rosenstock’s dysfunctional world a fun experience."
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Tom Williams

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Recommended

"...Wechsler has picked an ideal cast for this frolicking show. The foursome have stellar comedic timing. And there are plenty of laughs. The speed bump I had was the scene transitions. Wechsler stages it stretched across the center of the room with audience on the east and west sides. To the south is Sherry’s house. To the north is a big space. In front of me is more space. Whenever the action left Sherry’s house, there was a black-out delay as furniture was carted in to the empty space. It got clunky. It felt like a tennis match without the speed. It seemed like the space could have been more functional with stationary sets lit for focus."
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Katy Walsh

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