Academy Award-Winner Olympia Dukakis Directs Botanic Garden
* Additional fees apply.
All offers for Botanic Garden have expired.
The last date listed for Botanic Garden was Saturday March 8, 2008 / 7:30pm.
Currently at Greenhouse Theater Center:
- Full Price:
- $32.50 - $37.50
- Our Price:
- $16.25 - $18.75
Starting in 1926 and spanning 80 years, moving between Poland and America, Our Class is an epic play that's profoundly affected audiences and critics since its premiere at London's National Theatre. Ten Polish classmates -- five Catholic and five Jewish -- grow up over the course of the story. Their lives take dramatically unexpected turns as their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet, then German, then Soviet again. Friend betrays friend and violence quickly escalates, reaching a crescendo that forever haunts the survivors. Based on true events in the Polish town of Jedwabne, Our Class is a groundbreaking play that courageously examines loyalty and treason, individual bravery and collective cowardice and the actions that ripped apart a small community during the Second World War. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Barbara SandlerRed Velvet
view more less of this review
Botanic Garden is about loss, a topic of great interest to everyone. Feelings of abandonment, anger, relief, guilt, and immobilizing terror are stirred by the death of a 53-year-old woman's husband. It is explored throught the perspective of the still grieving wife and deceased husband. They struggle with this difficulty as they have other crises in their life, as if it is another step in their relationship.
Most people don't handle loss comfortably in themselves or, with others. When is it okay to begin moving on and how to take that first frightening step, is uncertain. What it will be like and can one move forward, while keeping tender memories alive, is of great concern. The playwright makes an admirable attempt to grapple with these painful and complex issues. Definitely worth seeing. Hopefully the writer will refine his important work and make it an even more powerful experience.
Kate and Jake were married for more than 20 years. Now, recently widowed and faced with the daunting prospect of dating for the first time in decades, the memories of her marriage--some laughter and passion-filled, others frustration-ridden--surround Kate as she reevaluates her choices in this new chapter in her life. Botanic Garden offers a funny and refreshingly unsentimental look at loss, questioning our collective belief that "moving on" is the best medicine.
By Todd Logan
Directed by Olympia Dukakis
Starring veteran Chicago actors Jim Leaming and Carmen Roman