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  Proxy at The Understudy


The Understudy
4609 N. Clark St Chicago

Fifteen years ago, when she was a kid, Vanessa was almost murdered by her best friend. Now she is an investigative journalist in a bind, and she decides to do what anyone would do - exploit her personal story by disguising herself and interviewing her childhood best friend and attempted murderer. Vanessa must navigate her estranged family and confront her trauma in the age of going viral. Who has the right to tell our story? When we have been traumatized, how do we pass that pain onto others - and can we ever really heal?

Presented by Underscore Theatre Company

Thru - Nov 24, 2019

Mondays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 4:00pm

Price: $25

Show Type: Drama

  Proxy Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Unfortunately, there's a lot of narrative throat clearing in the first act before we get to the heart of that relationship, and some of the awkward transitions in Stephanie Rohr's staging deplete the momentum as well. Yet there are enough solid interludes in Proxy to hope that the creative team will take—wait for it—another stab at the material."
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Kerry Reid

Theatre By Numbers - Somewhat Recommended

"...I'd hesitate to recommend "Proxy" without an assurance from the authors, or from Underscore, that the minors whose stories have inspired this musical have given their blessing for this project to explore a dark time in their lives. Without some proof of due diligence, this production is asking audiences to ignore the real individuals who potentially had no say (or knowledge) in how this story was crafted. If I were the inspiration for a musical, I'd want to know. "
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Sean Margaret Wagner

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...This is another impressive production by the only theatre company in Chicago that's devoted to producing exciting, new musicals and bringing them to life. Like their previous productions "Carrie 2: The Rage" and "Haymarket," skillfully directed and magnificently performed by a gifted cast of five, this chilling new show is not only appropriate for this time of year, but it's a gritty, sometime humorous, musical that's as moving and thought-provoking as it is entertaining."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Somewhat Recommended

"...In the case of their newest musical, Proxy, I still hesitate to suggest cuts, but not for any prescriptive reason. It’s a piece that needs cuts — really needs them — so much so, perhaps, that they would reveal just how strangely timid and anemic the musical is, deep down."
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Patrick O’Brien

Chicago On Stage - Somewhat Recommended

"...Regan and Franco do make a great decision in the interview scenes, though: despite the fact that there are some good songs here, they allow the considerable dialogue to be spoken rather than sung, lending both power and verisimilitude to the meetings. Proxy would benefit from more of that. At the moment, it's a decent early version of a play that has tons of potential. I'd love to see it again after it's been polished."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...The packaging of this story of rapprochement between victim and victimizer might be more compelling to those who favor punk music above all other musical genres. It will also help if you are a twenty-something perhaps, or for other reasons won't feel fidgety at the dialogue's lack of depth. Even though it is about trauma, there seems to be little need to give a trigger alert. This production never crosses the bar into feeling real, at least for this writer."
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Amy Munice

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