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  Southbridge at Chicago Dramatists


Chicago Dramatists
1105 W Chicago Chicago

In Southbridge, a white woman has been brutally killed and an angry mob is at the jailhouse door demanding the sheriff lynch the accused murderer. The only way to untangle the truth is for the accused, a young black man called “Stranger,” to relive the events that lead him to the hangman’s tree in Athens, Ohio, in the year 1881. Inspired by a true story, Southbridge is both a spiritual journey and a murder mystery. The play was a 2009 National Runner-Up for the Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks Playwriting Award at the Kennedy Center, and the 2010 winner of the Southern Playwrights Competition. Southbridge is part of a nine-play series titled The City of the Bayou Collection.

Thru - Mar 13, 2013

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $15-$32

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-633-0630

Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins

  Southbridge Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...What is undeniable is Edmund's gift for creating lyrical interludes in which the characters' past aches and nightmares clash with their current realities. After a hesitant beginning, Buckley's Christopher finds a core of conflicted yearning and fatalism that drives the character's final choices. But this "Southbridge" needs some sturdier narrative underpinnings to really carry it home."
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Kerry Reid

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"... While this is certainly an outlier on the low end, there’s much that’s just underdone; we only get glimpses of genuine urgency, and the whole production is lacking in intensity when compared with how much is supposed to be at stake. The sense, ultimately, is that Southbridge has the makings of a truly great drama, but even with some highly recommended aspects – most notably Robie’s performance – it has yet to achieve its own aspiration for greater depth and scale."
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Paul Kubicki

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"... In short, there are few easy pleasures to be found in Southbridge, but those willing to peer beyond its sensational surfaces will be invariably rewarded with an intricate and heartfelt theatrical experience."
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Tom Williams

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