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Chicago Dramatists
Thru - Feb 24, 2008

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Chicago Tribune- Recommended

"...Following on the heels of "A Steady Rain," the hit new play from last fall, "Cadillac" is further evidence of the remarkable sudden upturn in quality at the venerable Chicago Dramatists, long known for developing new plays but only recently as a place to see world premieres produced at such a high level and acted so well."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended

"...While there is nothing particularly new in all this, Jepson has a fine feel for his characters, a sharp ear for dialogue and a snappy way with unspooling his plot, even if several twists and turns seem a bit contrived. The actors (including Steve Ratcliff and Laurie Larson as a couple trying to play hardball) seem to be running on high-octane fuel. And it's a good bet that "Cadillac" will become one of those plays many performers will love to drive for years to come."
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Hedy Weiss

Daily Herald- Highly Recommended

"...Jepsen's wheeler-dealers are as distinctly drawn as Mamet's, but more humane. Where the "Glengarry" gang inspires distrust, Jepsen's crew invites sympathy. The well-matched actors have a great sense of ensemble (credit Sobel for the savvy casting). Their unfussy performances reflect the Chicago's blue-collar style of acting at its best."
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Barbara Vitello

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...Jepsen's play distinguishes itself by a strong and poignant sense of loss; the older characters in particular seem drawn from a time before the profit motive reduced business to its brutal essentials. Edward Sobel's production deftly captures both the Darwinism and the nostalgia in the script, thanks in large part to a cast that manages to convey the desperation motivating the characters."

Zac Thompson

Windy City Times- Highly Recommended

"...If Spidle is the hub here, he's surrounded by an equally impressive ensemble that truly embodies the old “there are no small parts” cliché. Whether in one scene or 15, everybody on stage creates a rich, multifaceted character. ( And watch for Laurie Larson, who in a single, perfectly delivered line, captures the fear and loathing that defines car-buying experience of untold millions. ) As for Kevin Depinet's set, it is utterly forgettable perfection, from the cheaply framed certificates on the wall to the no-color carpet on the floor. Cadillac? Sold."
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Catey Sullivan

EpochTimes- Highly Recommended

"...Director Edward Sobel uses this small stage very creatively on a set by Kevin Depinet that truly reminded me of the offices at Wheels of Chicago on Western Ave. It almost appeared as though they picked up the office and brought it to Chicago Ave., that's how real it looked.This is a strong character study and it doesn't matter what type of sales you might be in, if you are in sales, you NEED to see this one! In fact, if you ever bought a used car or are planning to sometime in the future, you NEED to see this one! Strong cast-strong story-solid look at reality."

Al Bresloff

Time Out Chicago- Somewhat Recommended

"’s the tale itself that’s most frustrating. Vying-employees structure notwithstanding, the story is really one of those that turns on a gingerly withheld secret. And like a snarl in highway traffic that disintegrates as you reach its source, it’s a secret that, bafflingly, isn’t there. Which makes the senselessness of the plot turns eventually leading to its pretend revelation harder to take—or swallow."
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Brian Nemtusak

ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended

"...Craig Spidle and Rob Riley anchor a fine cast. Bill Jepsen is a talented storyteller as exemplified by his tightly written Cadillac. This world premiere is most stage worthy. Kudos to Chicago Dramatist Theatre for nurturing another fine play."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended

"...Craig Spidle gives a masterful portrayal of Howard. Much like the great Spencer Tracy, Spidle is so natural you never see him acting, he simply is the character and it's hard to take your eyes off him. Rob Riley is a font of worldly wisdom and warmth as the senior salesman Art. Kathy Logelin is terrific as the lone woman salesperson in a crowd of men yearning for respect and to be taken seriously. Ian Forester is a marvel of insincerity as the immature Gary, and Gene Cordon, Steve Ratcliff and Laurie Larson all contribute winning support as the potential customers."

Joe Stead