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Hit the Wall
Hit the Wall

Hit the Wall
The Inconvenience at Steppenwolf Theatre
Thru - Apr 22, 2012

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The Inconvenience at Steppenwolf Theatre

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Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended

"... "Hit the Wall" is a must-see, especially for those with an investment in this event. It is the kind of show an older theater company could not easily do — indeed, it feels very much like the work of those who benefited from Stonewall but have to approach it from their own irreverent and reverent place, whatever the risks. There is a real fearlessness to the acting and the writing here, a passionate self-belief that leads a group of hugely promising young Chicago artists to blow past all the usual rules and reach for something great."
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Chris Jones

Windy City Times- Highly Recommended

"...Ike Holtert's 90-minute docudrama is not content to echo the legendary ( and frequently spurious ) lore surrounding this benchmark event, but instead has drawn upon interviews with documented witnesses to winnow the story down to eight representative archetypes: Latino Tano and African-American Mika, the observers; Newbie, the suburban WASP; Gay-A, the Wall Street WASP; Carson, the proud transvestite; Peg, the teenage butch-lezzie; Cliff, the counterculture drifter; Roberta, the motor-mouth activist; Madeline, the uncomprehending family member; and Cop, the voice—and muscle—of authority. Each will play their part in forging a collective identity capable of demanding change."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended

"... The Stonewall’s regulars comprised men, women, blacks, whites, Latinos, drag queens and undercover cops. Holter gives voice to each of these, usually in great cascades of words that ring with the pissed-off music of the powerless. He’s especially attuned to racial tensions within the LGBT community that can leave gays of color feeling like outcasts among outcasts. Among an excellent ensemble in Eric Hoff’s exuberant staging, it’s the performers playing these doubly marginalized characters who stand out—particularly Arturo Soria as a fast-talking Puerto Rican sissy, Manny Buckley as a ferocious yet regal drag queen and Shannon Matesky as a lesbian activist with the vocal patterns of a tent-meeting evangelist."
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Zac Thompson

Chicago Now- Highly Recommended

"...Playwright Ike Holter has recreated an audacious moment in recent US history. The event itself is troubling from a where-we-were AND how-far-we’ve-come AND we’ve-still-have-so far-to-go evolution of thought. Despite the shameful premise, Holter makes this show throb with in-your-face boldness coupled with a cheeky playfulness. He uses vibrant characters to represent the LGBTQI2-S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Two-Spirit) community. Under the direction of Eric Hoff, the talented cast energetically takes on the establishment. Hoff teases out personal moments of triumph within intense moments of riotous mayhem."
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Katy Walsh

Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended

"...Buttressed by a kickass live rock band, the ten-member ensemble are so perfectly cast it would be rude to single out one cunning portrayal from the next rich recreation. As rampages go, this one reveals a flashpoint that continues to fester."

Lawrence Bommer