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  The Two Character Play at Athenaeum Theatre

The Two Character Play

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

One chilling morning, siblings, Felice and Clare find themselves deserted by their acting troupe, left only with set pieces and each other’s company to keep themselves warm. As their situation becomes increasingly more desperate, the two resort to reliving one of their “greatest” performances, The Two Character Play . Throughout the performance, reality and fiction begin to blur, and the players begin to question not only themselves, but their circumstances. The play, which Tennessee WIlliams calls, " most beautiful play since Streetcar, and I've never stopped working on it....It is a cri de coeur, but then all creative work,all life, in a sense is a cri de coeur."

Presented by Theatre L’Acadie

Thru - Mar 20, 2020

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

Price: $25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-935-6875
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  The Two Character Play Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Felice (Daniel Westheimer) and Clare (Emily Daigle) are sibling actors on tour, trapped somewhere between a play that never seems to be fully written and the memory of a shared trauma. The torment of their uncertainty is the main attraction- like Waiting for Godot on the barren waste of a black-box stage, the two bicker and cling, fretting about the dark reality of debts and the darker reality of dreams. Daigle's performance as a woman on the razor's edge between ruin and revelation is exceptional."
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Irene Hsiao

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Playgoers likewise apprehensive at the prospect of confronting vacant theaters need not fear growing similarly despondent, however. Theatre L'acadie, while still relatively new to the Chicago Theater scene ( this is only its second local production ), has forged a reputation for intricate text analysis that leaves no dictional, syntactical or rhetorical nuance unexamined. Under the direction of Kaitlin Eve Romero, Daniel Westheimer and Emily Daigle establish, from the very outset, a brisk and varied pace that never succumbs to the self-indulgent mannerisms their clownish Joey-and-Gamine attire invites, but instead disregard fourth-wall barriers to forge a dynamic intensifying their connection with us during every second of the 135-minute ( one intermission ) performance time."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Around The Town Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...This is not one of Tennessee Williams' most performed plays, and there is a reason for it: It is dark and draining. As we watch the siblings become more and more frustrated and angry with each other, we fear for their emotional state and their lives. Tension builds in the audience. Yet the show is much too impressionistic to hold our sustained attention. The strain between tension and attention becomes a paradox."
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Julia W. Rath

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...By the end of "The Two Character Play," we see that the trapped, paralyzed siblings have come to their moment of decision. If they cannot live in a flawed and perilous world, then they are doomed to die. If they cannot die, then they are doomed to live. And if they must live, then they might as well do so bravely and honestly. It's a powerful message right now, as we seek to respond to our own very real crisis not as panicky, powerless victims but as dignified, ethical and compassionate human beings."
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Hugh Iglarsh

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...Directed by Kaitlin Eve Romero, this sweet, quirky play-and the play within a play-is an exercise in blending reality and fiction. You are not always sure which part you are in. The play seems to be a refuge for Felice, the actor/playwright and company manager, who is concerned about his drug-addled diva sister. (There are autobiographical elements here, as there are in most of Williams' plays. Felice is Williams as caring brother, and Clare may represent his emotionally damaged sister Rose, who was often hospitalized for nervous and emotional problems and underwent a lobotomy at age 28.)"
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Nancy Bishop

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