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  The River at The Greenhouse Theater Center

The River

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

On a moonless night in August when the sea trout are ready to run, a man brings his new girlfriend to the remote family cabin where he has come for fly-fishing since he was a boy. But she's not the only woman he has brought here-or indeed the last. Part thriller, part ghost story, this haunting play is a poignant tale of love, loss, and cycles of pain that we can't find a way to break out of.

Presented by BoHo Theatre

Thru - Jul 28, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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  The River Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Not Recommended

"...Whatever the case, the dialogue is packed with murky symbolism and heightened, affected language about salmon. The latter plays like a parody of Words-worth or Thoreau. The former involves a mysterious scarlet dress and, perhaps, the fish themselves. None of it—not the identities of the women or the freighted symbolism—matters because the script goes nowhere. There is only fishing and talking about fishing and two interchangeable women stuck in a script that absolutely flunks the Bechdel test. The cabin is adequately rendered by set designer Eric Luchen. The all-important prop fish calls to mind those mounted trout that sing "Happy Birthday." That's worth a laugh. Which is about all you'll get out of The River. "
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Catey Sullivan

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...There is solid acting here from all three cast members, and Boho's production of The River is true to the playwright's language in all of its design aspects as well. Director Jerrell L. Henderson maintains a rich kind of enhanced melancholy throughout the play, aided nicely by Eric Luchen's stark cabin that would not be out of place in any scary story you've ever heard, Kaili Story's moody lighting, Eric Backus' sound design, which ranges from realistic ( crickets ) to ominous in various scenes, and a ground fog that rolls in at specific moments."
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Karen Topham

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...Lino, Gorman, and Carter fully commit themselves to their three mutable personae. Coyly suggesting so much déjà vu, they’re slippery souls, what with their shape-shifting stories and unfinished business. Nothing is fixed in this sly and ultimately immersive one-act. It may well be dreamed differently by each observer and that’s praise enough for the play."
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Lawrence Bommer

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...In Jez Butterworth’s modest, moody one-act psychodrama, a much-anticipated followup to his successful longer play, “Jerusalem,” there’s a constantly changing atmosphere, much like a river. Like the water in a stream, the play is never the same. There’s nothing concrete. Just when you think you understand where this story is headed, it shifts and changes. Every audience member will leave the theatre with a different opinion as to what this enigmatic play is about. Understand that, throughout this production, the audience won’t be trying, like The Man, to hook the elusive sea trout. They’ll be fishing for clues in an attempt to grab hold of something tangible to take away after the final curtain."
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Colin Douglas

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...The River is a strange, mystifying play but enigmas can make provocative theater. The best reason to seeThe River is to listen to Butterworth’s lyrical language, whether it’s the Man’s description of catching his first fish at age 7 or the poetry of the sea trout run or the Woman describing her walk along the upper road in the dark."
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Nancy Bishop

PicksInSix - Recommended

"...Henderson has assembled a fine cast. Lino’s youthful, ruddy enthusiasm alternates between endearing and diabolical, which plays well with the sizzling essence of confidence that Gorman infuses into her role. Carter, meanwhile, brings a wholesome sensitivity and balance to the Other Woman."
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Ed Tracy

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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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