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  The Good Fight at City Lit Theater

The Good Fight

City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue Chicago

The Good Fight tells the story of The Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), the primary militant group pushing for women's suffrage in the United Kingdom during the early 20th century. Under the slogan "Deeds, not words," the WSPU, led by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel, advocated targeting property as a form of protest, from smashing shop windows to burning and bombing buildings. Imprisoned WSPU members -- including Emmeline Pankhurst -- launched hunger strikes, which were initially countered by the authorities with force-feeding; later the government introduced the "Cat and Mouse Act," under which dying suffragettes were released, only to be re-imprisoned once regaining their health. To defend their members, the WSPU built "The Bodyguard" -- an all-female security team, trained in jiujitsu - and The Good Fight began. Experience this fascinating story at City Lit Theater in Chicago.

Presented by Babes With Blades

Thru - Feb 17, 2018

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

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-904-0391

  The Good Fight Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Unfortunately, a just cause is no recipe for compelling drama. There's not a single moment in this nearly two-hour production in which sympathies might waver or anyone could have any doubt about the fight's outcome. The piece comes off as a lecture with unnecessary emoting added. Elizabeth Lovelady directed."
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Dmitry Samarov

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Bertram's text is so saturated with historical minutiae that it takes us awhile to make the connection between young women chivvied by constables for distributing leaflets and those same women later approved by former opponents after toiling in the munitions factories. Audiences questioning the applicability of battles long fought and won to global conditions in 2018 may also be slow in recalling populations today marginalized on the basis of gender. In the meantime, Elizabeth Lovelady's direction and Gaby Labotka's fight design for the agile actors ( including three males playing assorted buffoons and beanbags ) of the Babes With Blades Theatre Company gives action-adventure aficionados plenty to cheer."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Theatre By Numbers - Recommended

"...While the integration of jujutsu felt schematic in some of the playwright’s work, the excellent fight choreography by Gaby Labotka makes the throws and falls land with intense reality. These women are athletes, and they protect their own, using opponents’ strength to their advantage, and protecting one another before striking against others. Such movement represents the heart of “The Good Fight.” Compromise and action can only happen when activists are willing to stand together, and force the public to see their points of view."
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Sarah Bowden

NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...It's not that "The Good Fight" is bad, necessarily. The actors are very passionate and that passion translates into some lovely performances. But the script is plodding, the plot lacks an arc, every plot progression is so dramatic that no plot progression is dramatic, and the end of the play feels much like the beginning, leaving the audience to wonder, "Wait. But why?""
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Emma Couling

The Fourth Walsh - Recommended

"...Christabel Pankhurst, Emmeline Pankhurst, Gertrude Harding, Harriet Kerr, Grace Roe, Emily Wilding Davison were women suffragettes in London. Playwright Anne Bertram gives us a peek into the turbulent era that secured a woman's right to vote. Bertram starts her story when Christabel runs away to Paris to escape imprisonment. Although Christabel wants to lead from a safe distance, the London-based militant movement advances the cause with less and less of her influence. The ladies learn jujitsu. They write articles. They burn churches. They sacrifice their bodies, their health, and their lives for the greater cause."
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Katy Walsh

Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...Though this reviewer would have loved this latest show from Babes With Blades to be smoother, more cohesive, it's also clear that the acting and design elements are strong, and the production shines a light on an obscure yet fascinating chapter in the suffrage struggle. The Good Fight might not be everyone's cup of tea, but fans of history, ethics, and jujutsu have reason to be excited."
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Harold Jaffe

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