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  The Unconquered at Trap Door Theatre

The Unconquered

Trap Door Theatre
1655 W. Cortland Chicago

Torben Betts’ The Unconquered is a fast-moving satirical portrait of patriarchy, political indolence and over-reaction. The laughs begin when the "re-liberation" knocks on the door of your average upper-middle class family after aggressive revolutionaries have overthrown the government. Strange and unsettling, their new found freedom provokes the parents to reminisce about the comfort of life under the previous aristocracy while their spirited daughter criticizes her parent's banal and conforming attitudes with great, yet impotent, ferocity. The piece is a reflection of war's long-reaching effects on the domestic front, demonstrating the encompassing ambiguity of a public out of touch with reality. With great wit, poetics and charm, Betts sketches the self-hypocrisy that materializes during times of opaque identity and societal partition.

Thru - Dec 19, 2008

Price: $20

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-384-0494

Running Time: 1hr 30mins; no intermission

  The Unconquered Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Beata Pilch's production is pitiless and sharp, with extraordinary performances by Tiffany Bedwell as Girl and Kevin Lucero Less as Soldier."
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Tony Adler

Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...Beata Pilch intuitively directs a feverish rendering of this chaotic reality that draws us in on the visual level and then knocks our psyches back and forth. Funny, frightening and frenetic, this hypno-morality play packs more than loud laughs and literate lines, it exposes the easily twisted and vulnerably dangerous superficiality of lives lived unconsciously serving mainstream convention."
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Venus Zarris

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...To distract from the script’s shortcomings, Trap Door has amassed a solid, savvy acting and design team. Betts fills his characters’ mouths with a Yoda-like passive voice surely meant to mimic a highfalutin formal meter. Each actor plays around this clunky convention, honoring Betts’s script but mercifully filling in the cracks with an awesome array of slapstick tricks. Lucero Less proves particularly adept at multitasking: The actor vivaciously tackles the role of the soldier who stumbles in on the unassuming family, while also providing a sound design by beatboxing into a headset microphone."
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Christopher Shea

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Betts’ play won the Best New Play Award for Theatre in Scotland in 2007 and has been critically acclaimed as one of the most original and inventive works of recent years. The portrayal of the hollow life of the bourgeoisie is a Marxist rant to be sure, but there’s a grain of truth in the stereotypes and The Unconquered is a refreshingly funny and awesomely artistic repackaging of the premise."
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Randy Hardwick

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