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  Broken Glass at Redtwist Theatre

Broken Glass

Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave Chicago

Company member and Jeff Award-winner, Jacqueline Grandt, plays a woman with a mysterious illness in Miller's 1995 award-winning period drama about the demons of your past that become your present nightmare.

Thru - Nov 18, 2012

Price: $25-$30

Show Type: Drama

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  Broken Glass Reviews
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Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Neal Grofman is outstanding as Sylvia's husband, Phillip, who sucks up to his WASP boss and hates himself; Grandt meets his wounded outbursts with steely grace. Joe Schermoly's set allows half the audience to see the hazy outlines of the other half across the stage, an apt reminder of humans' abiding duty to our own kind."
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Emily Gordon

Chicago On the Aisle - Recommended

"...The compressed intimacy of Redtwist's space magnifies the intensity of the best scenes, and designer Joe Schermoly's practical set scheme takes advantage of this closeness, sharpening our sense of the world closing in on Sylvia. You come away from the experience with the torment of these two souls emblazoned on your mind, like a photographic flash that has caught you wide-eyed and unawares."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"... Now enjoying a clear-cut, compelling revival at Redtwist Theatre (where it was first performed in 2004), Miller’s late work, Broken Glass, affirms the vitality of self-knowledge. Here it is the imperative of a successful banker that he accept his Jewish identity so that his wife can stop living in fear. The play equally honors Dickens’ prescription to Scrooge: “Mankind is our business.”"
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Lawrence Bommer

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"... The mystery unfolds revealing the complications of a loveless marriage and repression can take itstoll on both the repressed and the repressor. Arthur Miller dramatized how fear, lack of love, and self-hatred can , over time, destroy a family. This is the last terrific work Miller penned. It unfolds through several riveting performances.Michael Colucci is the warm, steady, understanding doctor while Jacqueline Grandt is believable as the psychosomaticparalyzed wife. But the performance that jumps out as mesmerizing is Neal Grofman’s powerful, emotionally wrenching take on the repressed Phillip. Grofman is outstanding here. The production moves along building the suspense as we try to guess the causes and consequences of both Sylvia’s ailment and Phillip’s rage. The Redtwist Theatreproduction is first-class theatre. Don’t miss it."
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Tom Williams

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Somewhat Recommended

"...I'm a huge fan of Playwright Arthur Miller. This show surprised me for its Lifetime TV movie quality. The characters were one dimensional. The plot was simplistic. The dialogue was melodramatic. Under the co-direction of Michael Colucci and Jan Ellen Graves, the cast tries to overcome the histrionic structure. In his dual role as actor, Colucci (Dr. Hyman) goes for an even-keel delivery to balance out the over-wrought. His normalcy, almost flat, allows Neal Grofman (Phillip) the room to fill the space with a highly volatile performance. A raging Grofman dominates this show. Grofman continually spirals into passionate frenzies. Powerful! In supporting roles, Susan Fay (Margaret) and Robyn Okrant (Harriet) bring terrific comedy relief. Fay is forcefully spunky. Okrant is conspiratorially quirky."
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Katy Walsh

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Redtwist Theatre, that little storefront on Bryn Mawr , is one of my favorites when it comes to utilizing a small space for bringing audiences exciting theater. Their current production, Arthur Miller's "Broken Glass" is one that has a great deal of sentimental value to this troupe, as it was the first production in their first full season at the Bryn Mawr location. They had previously done it at Victory Gardens back in 2001. This is one of the lesser known Miller plays and was first produced back in 1995, so it was one of his later works."
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Alan Bresloff

   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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