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  The Suffrage Plays at The Den Theatre

The Suffrage Plays

The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

Artemisia celebrates the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with THE SUFFRAGE PLAYS, an evening of three one-act comedies focused on the importance of voting rights for women. Artemisia will offer post-show discussions at selected performances to examine the history of voting rights and the impact of one person - one vote on the 2020 presidential election.

Presented by Artemisia Theatre

Thru - Nov 24, 2019

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

Price: $20 - $30

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-697-3830

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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Brittani Yawn nicely captures the deceptively polite ruthlessness of a suffragette with more use for pistols than petticoats. And speaking of the latter: watch for Wolf's brief but unmistakable examination of pockets (or more accurately, the lack thereof) as a tool of patriarchy. Like the rest of the production, it's keen social commentary swaddled in humor."
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Catey Sullivan

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...Artemisia Theatre rekindles the longstanding historical tension between mass versus class politics in Great Britain with their production of "The Suffrage Plays", directed by Beth Wolf. The presentation consists of three distinct one-act comedies about the struggle for women in the United Kingdom to obtain the right to vote during the early 20th century. Two short plays written by Evelyn Glover and called "A Chat with Mrs. Chicky" and "Miss Appleyard's Awakening" are followed in the second act by George Bernard Shaw's one-hour "Press Cuttings." Megan Delay, Lucinda Johnston, and Brittaini Yawn play various roles in all three plays as they depict women of various social stations who demonstrate their support of the suffrage movement-or their opposition to it."
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Julia W. Rath

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...The three one-act plays that make up Artemisia Theatre's season opener revolve around women's rights and the arguments for and against suffrage at the turn of the century. The comedies both educate, enlighten and certainly entertain. The first act is comprised of two pleasant comedies by Evelyn Glover, but it's George Bernard Shaw's biting, far more sophisticated one-act play that comprises Act II that challenges and delights the audience. Although Beth Wolf's production could sometimes be paced with a little more urgency, allowing the comic absurdity to shine with more brilliance, there's much to learn about and enjoy in these three satisfying, seldom-produced plays."
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Colin Douglas

Third Coast Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...Suffrage is the term to express voting rights. The term suffragette was seen as offensive in America so wasn't embraced on this side of the pond. Artemisia Theatre presents the British take on the movement with three one-acts, The Suffrage Plays, directed by Beth Wolf. The first act is Evelyn Glover's pair of polemics, "A Chat with Mrs. Chicky" (1912) and "Mrs. Appleyard's Awakening" (1911), addressing the argument to include working class women in the cause."
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Karin McKie

Chicago Theater and Arts - Recommended

"...“The Suffrage Plays” will resonate with those interested in gender politics, those who see the parallel to current political discourse including Brexit, impeachment and immigration, as well as any who have never learned or who might have forgotten that many of the rights we enjoy today (on both sides of the pond) were obtained through significant struggle."
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Reno Lovison

Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...Including three plays in the night is a fun idea, and allows the opportunity to explore various perspectives and questions. This writer wondered if the size of the project created a bit of an obstacle for the team - preventing them from taking the time needed on the various aspects of the production. As a result, some elements felt a little under rehearsed or unspecific. Regardless, if you are someone (like this writer) who follows art exploring this particular political moment, this could certainly be a festival for you."
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Lauren Katz

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