Speech and Debate - The Fiercely Funny Off-Broadway Hit
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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, a newbie of a stage manager 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 Henry Itkin
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This is an excellent show that got deservedly good reviews both in Chicago and in its original staging in New York. The reviews say correctly that the depiction of high school students rings pretty true. Two of the four actors in the Chicago production are equity members, and all four turned in very fine performances. As for our Goldstar experience, we were in the front row. There are some, usually larger, theaters where this might be undesirable, but in this little black box, it was great!
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The acting by the female lead was outstanding...some of the dialogue was crisp and smart and funny...but overall, 3 teenagers who are gay and/or pregnant, and have had an abortion, are tiresome to me. I'm aware that high schools are replete with...continued
Fresh from a popular and extended Off-Broadway run at the acclaimed Roundabout Theater in NYC, this quick-witted and timely comedy is “Ugly Betty” meets "Election.” Even though they go to the same school, misfits Solomon, Diwata and Howie have never met. But when a shocking scandal involving one of their teachers brings them together through an unexpected chain of events, they realize three voices are stronger than one. And since their school has no speech and debate squad, maybe this is their chance to be heard at last – by the school and even the world.
This is the first regional production of this show following its hit Off-Broadway run. It also marks the Chicago directorial debut of PJ Paparelli, Artistic Director of ATC and creator of Columbinus, recently seen at Raven Theatre. The show features ATC Ensemble Member Cheryl Graeff.