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Two Pints

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 East Grand Avenue Chicago

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare's Pub transforms into an performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle's hilarious dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare's intimate lobby gathering spot. Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes' banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle's play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Thru - Mar 31, 2019

Price: $45-$52

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 312-595-5600

Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins; one intermission

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  Two Pints Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...I've never liked a show more when you spend a part of night staring at the back of two fellas' heads. If you liked the 1991 movie "The Commitments," you might remember Carney, who has had a fine film career and is spectacularly good here. I was similarly impressed with Caitriona McLaughlin's direction, mostly because it looks like she did nothing. Except maybe figure out a way for a bartender to pour what looks like real pints of Guinness from a real bar tap, only for actors to suck them down without slurring a syllable."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Carney and Judge capture the staggering blows that life (and its constant companion, death) mete out with humor and humanity, some of it bleak, all of it recognizable. Pathos plays no part here, not even when sorrow makes the men bend to the point of breaking. That they're both still standing at last call is a testimony to the resilience humans can muster, with or without a pint of Guinness in hand."
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Catey Sullivan

WTTW - Recommended

"...The three-part piece unfolds over a period of several weeks during which the character played by Carney is paying regular visits to his elderly, dying and much-beloved father in the hospital. Judge serves as his all-important sounding board and challenger. But despite all the diversionary local gossip, the hilarious, expletive-laced talk about social inequality, women, science, politics, drinking and Carney's obsession with the shabbily casual attire of hospital car park attendants, the real subject of "Two Pints" is mortality and what happens to us when we turn to dust."
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Hedy Weiss

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