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Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
773-404-7336
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4.3 average rating
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54 reviews
12 stars
attended May 31 2008

An excellent production of a long-neglected first work of British
playwright of working class life,Shelagh Delaney(18 at the time),that lives as a vital work some 50 years after its premiere thanks to the cast,
director and designers' careful...continued

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8 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 07 2008

Centering on the tumultuous relationship of daughter and mother, Jo and Helen, the play chronicles the events of about a year in their lives. The production last night was excellent in spite of minor technical problems that, fortunately, did not...continued

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1 review
1 stars
attended Jun 14 2008

2 hours of characters yelling at each other gave me headache. The acting and production were good, but I didn't care for the play.

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Description

Set in 1950s Manchester, England, this poignant and comic play tells the story of Jo, a shy adolescent chafing against the constraints of her working-class life and the demands of her selfish, irresponsible mother Helen. When Helen abandons Jo to take up with a much younger man, Jo falls prey to the advances of an itinerant sailor and is left pregnant and alone. Determined not to be undone by her difficult circumstances, she creates her own sort of family with gay art student Geoffrey, who moves into Jo’s flat to help her prepare for the birth of her baby. The two settle into tentative peace and happiness—until Helen’s unexpected reappearance threatens to throw Jo’s life back into upheaval.

The play was a revolutionary piece in British theatre, confronting taboo social issues from a woman’s perspective, with working-class characters that are realistic, resilient and refuse to be bound by circumstance. Grammar-school dropout Shelagh Delaney was only 17 years old when she started writing A Taste of Honey, her first play and a work that would propel her to literary superstardom by the time she reached her twenties.

By Shelagh Delaney

Directed by Jeremy Wechsler

About the Ticket Supplier: Shattered Globe Theatre

Dedicated to the philosophy of ensemble, it is the mission of Shattered Globe Theatre to dissect, challenge, and revel in the American experiment; inspire social discourse by raising questions rather than espousing philosophy; stimulate artistic growth for and broaden the perspectives of both artist and audience; and push the boundaries of excellence in ensemble theatre. To this end, Shattered Globe Theatre brings its audiences fresh renditions of classic works and premiereproductions that celebrate new voices and innovative viewpoints.

Founded in 1991, Shattered Globe Theatre was born when a small group of Chicago theatre artists joined forces to stage a single production—Adam Langer’s Backstage Pass. Inspired by the positive reception of the show and the powerful dynamic experienced in their collaboration, the actors formed Shattered Globe and took up residence in a tiny storefront at 2856 N. Halsted Street. Since that time, Shattered Globe has produced nearly 50 plays, garnering 35 Joseph Jefferson wins and the acclaim of critics and audiences alike for such productions as Judgment at Nuremberg, Coyote on a Fence, High Life, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Manchurian Candidate and, most recently, The House of Blue Leaves and Dealer’s Choice. SGT presents an eclectic mix of shows that speak to our times and inspire social discourse, including world premieres by some of Chicago’s most promising playwrights, Chicago premieres of works by national and international writers, and new takes on some of America’s best-loved classics. The company remained in its original storefront until 1999 and is now a resident company of The Greenhouse Theater Center.