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The Father
The Father

The Father
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit
Thru - Mar 3, 2019

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Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit

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Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended

"...After all the brouhaha and its crises de coeur, most moving is the final portrait of a grand but broken old man wanting to hear a lullaby and missing his mommy. By this point the tears in David Darlow's eyes are ours too."
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Lawrence Bommer



Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...Many people of my generation know the term “Gaslighting”- here is the definition :Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. (found on Wikipedia). Tonight, as I watched the story being told in the Chicago premiere of “The Father” written by Florian Zeller and translated by Christopher Hampton, this word came to mind. instantly!"
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Alan Bresloff



NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...“The Father” is a pocket-sized lesson in empathy. It is an exploration of what it means to truly love another human being, to be a dutiful family member or to bestow care unto someone who might not remember you in the next day or even the next hour. It is an almost unbearably poignant look into a vintage photograph or a family home video. You may hesitate, as I did, to walk into the theater at all, afraid to relive those hard moments. Rest assured this show, in all its sincerity, will not leave you, just as those you love never truly leave."
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Amanda Finn



WTTW- Highly Recommended

"...The Remy Bumppo production, skillfully cast and directed by Kay Martinovich, is enhanced by Yu Shibagaki’s elegant set (lit by Brandon Wardell), with its mottled gray walls, large French window and cleverly selected abstract paintings that in their own way suggest a troubled brain. And there is fine music and sound by Christopher Kriz."
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Hedy Weiss



The Fourth Walsh- Somewhat Recommended

"...Florian Zeller’s play is a bit of a puzzle. Zeller won the 2014 Molière Award for Best Play. Christoper Hampton translated Zeller’s Le Père into English. THE FATHER debuted on Broadway in 2016 and led to Frank Langella winning a Tony for Best Actor in a play. The show has critical acclaim and global success. Unfortunately, Zeller’s story left me less satisfied."
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Katy Walsh



Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

"...The Father by French playwright Florian Zeller is a play about aging and dementia. But it’s not your typical touching human story designed to gain your sympathy for a troubled person and family. It’s a skillfully structured puzzle box that tricks your brain as well as its subject’s."
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Nancy Bishop



TotalTheater- Highly Recommended

"...The degree to which you, yourself, fear aging will likely determine your view of the characters' progress in this nebulous universe. The actors of the Remy Bumppo ensemble mute all clues with the potential to steer us toward convenient labels, locating the slightest actions firmly in the realm of plausibility to challenge at every moment our choice of whom we extend our sympathies."
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Mary Shen Barnidge