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Resurrection Blues
Resurrection Blues

Resurrection Blues
Eclipse Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center
Thru - May 9, 2010

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Eclipse Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center

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Chicago Sun Times- Somewhat Recommended

"...Unfortunately, the play, which easily could have made all its points in 90 minutes or less, flails on for two long acts and outlives its outrageous imaginings. And while the actors in director Nathaniel Swift's production give it all they've got (and frequently far more than is needed), they can't fully sustain the momentum or shock value."
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Hedy Weiss



Chicago Reader- Recommended

"...Miller juggles blunt satire on contemporary politics and media with philosophical ramblings about the human need for faith. The script's shortcomings are offset by Eclipse Theatre Company's finely acted and designed production, a Chicago premiere under Nathaniel Swift's direction."
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Albert Williams



Windy City Times- Somewhat Recommended

"...The author might have missed his chance to ascertain the best course for his manifesto, but the Eclipse Theatre Company appears to have likewise postponed deciding their production's focus, instead adopting a curiously wooden tone perhaps meant to signify solemn reverence for every aspect of Miller's thematic mishmosh. Nina O'Keefe and Rebecca Prescott achieve a measure of coherence in the roles of Mary Magdalene and Judith-analogs, while Ron Butts delivers a heartfelt portrait of a contemplative father seeking redemption, but the allegories cannot help but recall earlier experiments in pop evangelism during the age of Godspell and Woody Allen."
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Mary Shen Barnidge



Time Out Chicago- Somewhat Recommended

"... Too often, however, the script offers nothing sharper than a flaccid dick joke, and the performers struggle to make sense of it. Rebecca Prescott, as the televised crucifixion’s would-be director, mugs her way through a character who is, by the way, both pregnant and Jewish, though neither merits development. A speechless trio of ponchoed, undulating women adds a solemn spirituality that’s as ill a fit for the material as the opening monologue, a rumination by the general’s revolutionary niece (Nina O’Keefe) on her recent suicide attempt. Its sincerity and evocation of risk are immediately swallowed up by the circus that follows."
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Melissa Albert



ChicagoCritic- Recommended

"...Resurrection Blues is a treat for Arthur Miller enthusiasts as well as lovers of social satire comedies. Miller’s ideas about the effects of faith are scary. This rarely produced tragic farce is another triumph for Eclipse Theatre in their season of Arthur Miller. Be prepared to see another side of the legendary American playwright."
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Tom Williams



Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended

"...Eclipse Theatre Company presented a handsome production thanks to the scenery and lighting. Scenic designer Steph Charasa created a minimal, but functional set to serve multiple locations. Lighting Designer Chris Corwin did a great job blending realism with the more fantastical moments. "Resurrection Blues" is a strong production held back by an unfocused script. I commend Eclipse Theatre Company for shining light on Miller's penultimate script, in spite of its flaws. This production is worth a look, especially for Arthur Miller connoisseurs."

Chris Arnold



Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended

"...Miller’s morality tale gets to have it all–worldly cynicism and the possibility of real love, truth told to power and power confessing its own grasping frailties, rage unleashed against stupefying oppression and holy relief from desiccating anger, overwhelming doubt and unyielding faith, and miracles, miracles in the most impossible places–especially in the most impossible places. Would that Miller had lived 50 years more to write comedies of this quality for every tragedy he gave us. We need him now more than ever."

Paige Listerud