British Drama A Taste of Honey from Shattered Globe Theatre
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A violent cycle of corruption and betrayal is set in motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by Macbeth, his trusted friend. Macbeth -- with his manipulative wife by his side -- achieves the power he believes he deserves, but the price is tragically high. Shakespeare's masterpiece provides a glimpse into the human heart, with the "black and deep desires" that are often found in even the best of men and women. Organic Theater Company's fresh take on this ageless tale sees this power couple's journey in its grotesque complexity. Learn More
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There are still those of us who think all mothers are loving and caring and deserve to be loved . We have here a mother and daughter who are not so very unusual. Both characters display many facets . The mother as played by Linda Reiter is never to be forgotten. This is an old play with much that needs to be said again and again.Supercritic
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 TheatreDedicated 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.