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  The Promise of a Rose Garden at City Lit Theater

The Promise of a Rose Garden

City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue Chicago

The Promise of a Rose Garden explores the far-reaching effects of war and what it means to be a soldier. Captain Rockford, one of the first 3 women to pass the US Marine Infantry Officer Course, is instructing a new group of women hoping to become infantry officers themselves. She is being visited by angels who speak in riddles. She may be losing her mind...

Presented by Babes With Blades Theatre Company

Thru - Sep 10, 2016

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

Price: $14-$22

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-293-3682

  The Promise of a Rose Garden Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Dustin Spence's new play imagines the first class of female candidates in which some are successful-fertile ground for some sophisticated ideas about the politics of tokenism and the unique burdens carried by trailblazers. Elyse Dawson's production capitalizes on those themes at fleeting moments; overall, though, the play is so dramaturgically clumsy that it starts spinning its wheels two-thirds of the way through. Nonchronological storytelling, outsize performances, and military platitudes further hinder the emotional impact Babes With Blades seems to be aiming for."
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Dan Jakes

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Playgoers looking for summer action-adventure excitement will find plenty of it in this saga of pioneering underdogs seeking the recognition bestowed upon our country's elite troops. Admit it: We never tire of cheering on/crying over heroes in uniform."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

ChicagoCritic - Somewhat Recommended

"...Given the angels’ uncertainty over their lines, that may have simply been due to the soldiers also being under-rehearsed, in which case they will likely improve over the show. But it comes across in performance as if there’s something put-on about the women’s cussing, which somewhat undermines the play’s purpose. So, too, do moments of clichéd dialogue, such as two surviving female graduates hero-worshipping the third, who died in combat. At each moment in The Promise of a Rose Garden, it is clear what the artists were trying to do, but they only occasionally achieve it in full. Still, the show contains lots of exciting fights, and some interesting character moments."
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Jacob Davis

NewCity Chicago - Recommended

"...The eye of the storm is not the story of their feminist triumph in unusual circumstances but the malaise of a system built on masculine notions of dominance. It's those who stand nearest the top who know that there's no heaven above and nothing below but a hell of bodies driven by fanatic ambition to reach an invisible summit, past which lies only their demise. "Whoever desires glory, the glory belongs entirely to God," says Sharif (a fiery-eyed Arti Ishak), the Ivy League-educated immigrant rebelling to pursue something so exceptional that the odds of achieving it are a death's breath from impossible. She alone confronts Rockford (stunning Maureen Yasko), a woman officer and war hero, whose traumas on the field are rearticulated in the chaos of her personal life and the cruelties only a woman given power in an order created by men to oppress them can enact upon her own self."
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Irene Hsiao

   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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