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  Rose at The Greenhouse Theater Center


The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

An intimate portrait of Camelot's "queen mother" Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Rose is an engrossing solo show set in the summer of 1969, just days after her only surviving son, Ted, has been implicated in the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick. Alone with her invalid husband in their house in Hyannis Port, Rose attempts to retrace the rise and fall of this great family -- from her husband's infidelity to her daughter Rosemary's tragic lobotomy and, of course, her sons John and Robert Kennedy's assassinations -- as they traversed continents, shaped history and inspired a nation. Rose was written by Kennedy scholar Laurence Leamer, author of the national bestseller The Kennedy Women, and is presented at Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.

Jan 12, 2018 - Mar 11, 2018

Fri, Jan 12: 7:30pm
Sat, Jan 13: 7:30pm
Sun, Jan 14: 7:30pm
Mon, Jan 15: 7:30pm
Thu, Jan 18: 7:30pm
Fri, Jan 19: 7:30pm
Sat, Jan 20: 7:30pm
Sun, Jan 21: 2:30pm
Thu, Jan 25: 7:30pm
Fri, Jan 26: 7:30pm
Sat, Jan 27: 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Sun, Jan 28: 2:30pm
Wed, Jan 31: 2:30pm
Thu, Feb 1: 7:30pm
Fri, Feb 2: 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 3: 7:30pm
Sun, Feb 4: 2:30pm
Thu, Feb 8: 7:30pm
Fri, Feb 9: 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 10: 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Sun, Feb 11: 2:30pm
Wed, Feb 14: 2:30pm
Thu, Feb 15: 7:30pm
Fri, Feb 16: 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 17: 7:30pm
Sun, Feb 18: 2:30pm
Thu, Feb 22: 7:30pm
Fri, Feb 23: 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 24: 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Sun, Feb 25: 2:30pm
Wed, Feb 28: 2:30pm
Thu, Mar 1: 7:30pm
Fri, Mar 2: 7:30pm
Sat, Mar 3: 7:30pm
Sun, Mar 4: 2:30pm
Thu, Mar 8: 7:30pm
Fri, Mar 9: 7:30pm
Sat, Mar 10: 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Sun, Mar 11: 2:30pm

Price: $35-$45

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-404-7336

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins

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  Rose Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...For one thing, Linda Reiter, the oft-underrated Chicago actress who plays Rose Kennedy, is giving one of the great performances of her unduly modest career; carefully toned, emotional and richly textured, it stacks up against anything you would see from a touring star. And the script has a fascinating history. Penned by Laurence Leamer, a distinguished Kennedy biographer in his own right, the piece is based on the 40 hours or more of taped interviews conducted by Robert Coughlan, the ghostwriter of Rose Kennedy's 1974 memoir. Coughlan died in 1992 and Leamer got the boxes of tapes."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Leamer’s play, now receiving its Chicago premiere as part of the Greenhouse Theater Center’s Solo Celebration project, is set in the summer of 1969, immediately after “the Chappaquiddick incident.” Rose was 79 when her youngest son, Sen. Ted Kennedy, became somewhat inebriated at a party on that island, and supposedly offered to drive one of his late brother Bobby Kennedy’s campaign workers, Mary Jo Kopechne, to a ferry that would take her back to Martha’s Vineyard. Kopechne died when Kennedy’s car ran off a bridge, and the scandalous assumptions that followed the accident looked as if they might derail Ted’s future. As she waits to hear from her youngest son, who has gone sailing, Rose pages through old photo albums in her sitting room, and recounts her life."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...The Greek connection is apt. Rose's husband, Joe, grew rich by offending decency if not the gods, only to see his children overtaken by horror after horror. But Leamer doesn't demonstrate the courage of his metaphor. He and director Steve Scott conclude the piece on a feel-good note that negates all that's gone before. The compensation is Linda Reiter's performance as steely, angry 79-year-old Rose, encased in survivor's armor she can no longer bear."
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Tony Adler

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Leamer's previous training as a writer of prose rather than plays is evident in his hackneyed implementation of photo albums as a device for delivering exposition, and his subject's occasional lapses into oratory—speaking, for example, of a funeral attended by "the poor, the weak, the downtrodden" ( how often do you hear the word "downtrodden" in everyday conversation? ). In the hands of director Steve Scott and actor Linda Reiter, however, the regrets and remorse suffered by this matriarch in her twilight years are vividly manifested in her chronicle, commanding—if not our undiluted approval—our sympathies and, ultimately, our absolution."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended

"...Linda Reiter who plays Rose Kennedy is Rose Kennedy is exquisite. The audience is convinced that they are with the Kennedy matriarch and feels what she is feeling. In public, Rose Kennedy was very guarded. However, during this production Lieber and Director Steven Scott show Rose's strength, emotions and frustrations. Scott's flawless direction brought reality to this amazing production. This play is filled with so much power and emotion and Linda Reiter succeeds in convincing the audience that they are in Rose Kennedy's Hyannis Port living room. As Rose is looking through the photo albums, the photos are projected on a curtain to the back of the stage, so the audience becomes part of the experience of viewing the albums. This is a very nice touch from the Director, Steven Scott and Scenic Designer, Kevin Hagan. All of these elements bring forth a successful production of ROSE."
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Russell Goeltenbodt

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...Linda Reiter feelingly depicts a power parent who put the labor in love. Both firm and fragile, with grit and gratitude, her Rose by any other name would be as strong. At the very end Reiter's magnificent and literal apostrophe to the Kennedy constellation above-from which so many stars had fallen-is a captivating catharsis after a shattering confession."
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Lawrence Bommer

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Younger theatre patrons will gain knowledge of the Kennedy's as well as experience a fabulous performance by one of Chicago's finest actresses. Reiter demonstrates that an effective performance need not be loud nor obnoxious."
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Tom Williams

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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