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  The Light at The Den Theatre

The Light

The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

On the heels of their engagement, Rashad and Genesis must come to terms with the devastating effects of rape culture, putting the future of their relationship at risk. Featuring two of Chicago's most dynamic rising actors and penned by newcomer Loy Webb, THE LIGHT is a rollercoaster real-time 70 minute journey of romance, humor and heart-wrenching despair that seeks to discover whether the power of radical love can be the healing glow amidst the world's darkness.

Thru - Feb 25, 2018

Price: $20

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-697-3830

  The Light Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...“The Light” is a simple work, in form if not in theme. Webb will take more risks in the future. It has a couple of abrupt transitions, the odd sag and, like a lot of dramas with only two people, it has to deal with the structural imperative that no one can leave, lest the play cease to be, even though in reality you feel that they would. But Webb finds a variety of imaginative solutions, and the production never feels forced or untruthful."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...I don't want to make overblown claims for Loy Webb's new play, The Light. It's got its problems. You could argue, for starters, that it's not really a play at all but a 90-minute teaching moment on the subjects of race and gender-and, given its extraordinary idealism, an act of wish fulfillment, as well. Webb's characters are supposed to be average people, a school principal and a firefighter, yet they make choices that seem absurdly noble to a cynic like me. They sometimes speak to each other as if they'd pulled their talking points off a Twitter manifesto."
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Evan Hanover

Theatre By Numbers - Highly Recommended

"...A person makes vital individual choices every day. A woman with alcoholism in her family abstains from drinking when out with friends. A man puts a seat belt on after getting in the car for his morning commute. These decisions protect their choosers, and they seem logical, even secondhand in practice. It is much harder to make choices based on your partner’s needs, especially when those needs don’t directly affect their safety or impact everyday life. In Loy Webb’s “The Light,” a bracing world premiere produced by The New Colony, a seemingly minor choice eats away at a couple’s relationship, only because one half of the equation cannot understand the choice from the other’s point of view."
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Sarah Bowden

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...“The Light” might be described as a redemptive tragedy, albeit one that begins as a romantic comedy. Taking it that challenging distance are two actors who have the chemistry, the conviction, the magical wit to make us believe equally in the euphoria their characters inspire in each other — and in the near-death collision that awaits them at the play’s last turn."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Highly Recommended

"...Director Toma Langston gives us an explosive look into the heart of two people who past lives are about to collide in the future. The newly engaged couple seem ready to take their relationship to the next level, when a deep, revealing conversation about the devastating effects of rape, culture and their different viewpoints regarding the subject forces them to confront catastrophic parts of their past, putting the future of their relationship at risk."
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...I was recently blessed with the opportunity to see The New Colony’s production of The Light. I do not use the word ‘blessed’ lightly, as this show gave me what was quite possibly the greatest theater experience of my life."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...The actors are amazing. You quickly forget that you are watching a play. Jeffery Owen Feelon Jr.’s Rashad as a kind hearted, strong and opinionated man who truly loves his woman and his family (his mother and young child from another woman) is very believable. His oftentimes failed attempt to understand his girlfriend’s troubles are all too true-to-life. Tiffany Oglesby’s Genesis character is well grounded, a woman who has kept her life together while dealing with a painful reality for years. Her emotional outpouring is so realistic that it is truly heartbreaking."
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Steve Bellinger

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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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