A Raucous Romp of One Family's Twisted Loves: Les Parents Terribles
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Adapted from Herman Melville's white whale of a novel, Moby Dick, this love letter to American theatre finds the book's Pequod boat crew transformed into the Bad Settlement Theatre Company. Between their rundown surroundings, flagging finances and an artistic director who's consumed with the singular focus of putting on the first-ever flawless production of Moby Dick, it's safe to say that this crew is definitely in deep water. A drama that sways towards satire and is populated with bold, scrappy, lovable characters, Season on the Line is a sincere tribute to the trials, tribulations and triumphs that abound in the world of theatre. Learn More
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Featured review from Bob Armstrong
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Funny play, beautifully staged. Real relationships, not just that formula kind of farce where someone rushes out the door as someone else rushes in. Nevertheless it does move, raucously and rapidly, within the big deep, plausibly 1938-decorated stage areas the actors have to play in. Hope the French-language title doesn't scare people away. Should put translation of title in parentheses underneath, such as "The Problem Parents" or "Mom and Dad Need a Time Out." The idiom of this farce is very digestible, and I'd say very American.
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Having read the synopsis and early review on this, I desperately wanted to like this production--sadly, two hours later, it still left me wanting. While I understand this was meant to be an overblown, high energy farce, it too often came across...continued
Quotes & Highlights
" … a tornado of a revival … in a class all by itself when it comes to homefront dysfunction." — Chicago Sun-Times
“In John Mossman’s bombastic production for Artistic Home, the family breakdown that proceeds bears resemblance to a dying star. It’s one supernova after another …” — TimeOut Chicago
" … the finest comic ensemble work seen on a Chicago stage in years!" — Chicago Critic
" … when all five of these actors are fully engaged in the comic hijinks, it is farce raised to the highest of art forms – laughter which brings tears." — Chicago Stage Standard
“Kathy Scambiatterra is hilarious as the self-dramatizing matriarch, while Julian Hester, as her son, has to have set some kind of record for sustained hysteria.” — Chicago Reader