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Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater
Formerly the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
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4.5 average rating
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1 review
0 stars
attended Jan 22 2011

Very mooving, a little bit sad and a little bit funny ... loved it! Actors were great...

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11 reviews
8 stars
attended Jan 29 2011

The premise could have been a great play, but this was awful from the beginning to the end. my two friends agreed. Wasted money, thank goodness it was goldstar price. The young girl was good but the whole story was a disaster.

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4 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 20 2011

Well-knit drama that examines questions about love, family, commitment, death. Well-directed, with a good cast and an absolutely dynamic performance from Mary Ann Thebus. She certainly deserves attention from the Jeff people.

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Quotes & Highlights

From the author of Four Places and A Guide for the Perplexed
Read an interview with the playwright.


Written by Joel Drake Johnson

Directed by Sandy Shinner

When the American Dream is out of reach, what is a man to do? In The Boys Room, ensemble playwright Joel Drake Johnson walks the line exquisitely between laughter and tears. Two middle-aged brothers try to escape their responsibilities and race each other back to their boyhood bedroom — that sanctuary where they can dream and scheme without the pressures of the outside world. One is unemployed; the other is making a living but is not sure why he should live.

The women in their lives, however, are knocking on the door, filled with questions and, sometimes, love. The Boys Room features local mainstays Joe Dempsey and Steve Key, rising star Allison Torem, and beloved Chicago actress Mary Ann Thebus as the mother of the “boys."