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  The My Way Residential at The Den Theatre

The My Way Residential

The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

Willa is an elderly woman from Galway living in England. Byron is a young South African emigre. In the unlikely setting of a suburban London nursing home, this pair of unloved misfits discovers that family can be chosen and freedom is for the taking. From the author of Irish Theatre Company's hit production of My Brilliant Divorce comes this touching and uplifting story about the choices we make, the hearts we touch, and how it's never too late to live your life.

Presented by Irish Theatre of Chicago

Thru - Jun 25, 2017

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $26-$30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-697-3830

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins

  The My Way Residential Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...It's a fairly predictable story, but director Kevin Theis' staging and cast work Aron's script for all it's worth. And though this story is set in the U.K., a study a few years ago found that about 14 percent of nursing home assistants in the U.S. are immigrants. That's a dynamic well worth exploring onstage, and one we don't see often enough."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Aron doesn't develop any of her story lines enough to draw us in, though director Kevin Theis and his cast of seasoned professionals do their darnedest to make us care. Belinda Bremner, in particular, plays the elderly protagonist with such winning heart and soul it makes one yearn for better material for her."
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Jack Helbig

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...I really enjoyed the Irish Theatre Chicago production of “The My Way Residential”. Putting a parent into a residential (a nursing home) is never easy. With that issue as the central premise for the play, it could have been a depressing evening. Instead, we saw an irresistibly sweet story, with an unexpected happy ending."
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Carol Moore

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...This world premiere has much to offer audiences looking for a sweet story that explores the human condition. While Geraldine Aron's cast of characters is comprised of several frustrating two-dimensional characters, the strength of the piece is the endearing relationship that forms between a pair unlikely soulmates. True, Willa and Byron are from two different generations, and they hail from very unique, separate worlds. But through similar life experiences, an abundance of caring and a shared empathy for each other, they choose to become united as one."
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Colin Douglas

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...Families are created in many ways and it's only recently that we recognize the value and beauty of the variety of families in our midst. The My Way Residential, a world premiere play by Geraldine Aron at Irish Theatre, brings this message home with humor, charm and a poignant touch of South African history. Under Kevin Theis' direction, the performances sparkle and the scenes move along briskly."
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Nancy Bishop

Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...THE MY WAY RESIDENTIAL might not be for theatre-goers looking for a fast-paced, action packed drama with multi-faceted characters. However, it’s good for anyone looking for a lighter show with some comedic and touching moments throughout."
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