Edith Wharton Meets With F. Scott Fitzgerald in Tea With Edie and Fitz
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Set in a fictional Indiana town during the Great Depression, Jim Leonard Jr.'s moving drama focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a disturbed young boy. The boy -- deeply traumatized by a near-drowning in his past that led to the death of his mother -- is now terrified of water, but also gifted with the ability to divine its location. As the bond between these two grows, the preacher works with the boy to overcome his crippling fear of water. And when the townspeople, desperate for a spiritual leader, mistake an eventual bathing for a baptism, their confusion leads to some significant consequences in The Diviners. Learn More
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Featured review from Kathleen S.Red Velvet
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Patti Roeder stole the show playing an Edith Wharton, who knows full well she is past "her" moment in time, with a wink to the Jazz era's wild ways when at the end of the play she dashes the Vase to the floor as a symbol that her Belle Epoch is gone as well. Madison Neiderhauser played a very good looking Scott, but his manic behaviors were a bit too nervous and heavy handed and his suave flip side did not have enough strength to balance this personality out. Nora Ulray's Zelda was played in perfect pitch of the love and desperation that pulled the Jazz age woman stuck in a Belle Epoch marital relationship with a man who was considered the prime example of the Jazz age philosopher living the dream-whereas in reality he was living the prime example of a husband repressing or belittling his wife's desires and accomplisments outside of the home. The tragedy was that Zelda endured his power to incarcerate her til the day she died. A well told story, all in all. The sets were wonderful, easily morphing from one epoch to the other and breezily changed delightlfully before our eyes. At the end of the meeting, you realize that in the end Edie and Fitz confirmed the entirety of their suspicions about each other, so there was no reason to ever meet again.
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“A work of ambition and potential … Deft work by Michael Graham … and Zelda (sparkling Nora Lise Ulrey, making a firecracker-like Chicago debut)…” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Jim Schneider’s direction renders Patti Roeder and Michael D. Graham’s Wharton and James as witty and engaging a couple as ever shared passions all the more enduring for being platonic, while Madison Niederhauser and Nora Lise Ulrey’s Scott and Zelda convey the tragedy lurking beneath the veneer of jazz-age celebrity.” —Windy City Times
“Tea is for Terrific … A lingering sophisticated libation!” —ChicagoTheatreBeat.com
Written by Adam Pasen
Directed by Jim Schneider