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  Poison at Berger Park Coach House


Berger Park Coach House
6205 N Sheridan Rd Chicago

In 17th century Paris, the rich live in a different world from the poor, and women of all classes live on the whims of men. But poison is the secret lubrication on the gears of Paris society: poison-makers are the favorite artisans of the rich and their laboratories the only places where women from all levels of society meet. Madame Bosse could have been a great doctor, but instead must make poisons to feed her family. Monsieur Reynie, Paris's chief of police, claims to only want the justice, but their battle of will and wit will expose the truth: that justice is only for the rich and powerful.

Presented by The Plagiarists

Thru - Mar 14, 2020

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-761-0376

  Poison Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Christina Casano's production for The Plagiarists keeps the grisly consequences of its protagonists' actions at arm's length for the most part, focusing instead on their justifications and nights spent spritzing toxic plants in a sparse but romantic hamlet tucked on the outskirts of society. A framing device featuring an interrogator (Bryan Breau) doesn't quite reach the emotional contrasts Casano and company seem to be aiming for, but there's some decent fun to be had with a flamboyant rival poisoner (Julia Stemper) and a naive woman of leisure (Brittani Yawn)."
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Dan Jakes

NewCity Chicago - Not Recommended

"...In terms of the people on stage, the things they do and the words they speak, the less said the better. Dusty Wilson’s script is nowhere near ready for prime time, and director Christina Casano doesn’t do the playwright any favors by investing this overwrought costume horror show—a Louis XIV-era “Arsenic and Old Lace”—with spurious intensity, as though it were a major moral statement on the great issues of the day. The real poison at work here isn’t strychnine or hemlock, it’s a dreary self-seriousness that permeates the action, leaching the characters and the play itself of any hint of wit, humor and humanity. Every line sounds bookish and orotund and every emotion is cover for an attitude, generally sulky and/or resentful."
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Hugh Iglarsh

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