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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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Free parking available at the now unused garage of the closed Children's Memorial Hospital on Lincoln Avenue
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There are so many dining options on the same block as the theater -- Thai, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mexican -- you might as well eat here before the show.
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4.6 average rating
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93 reviews
3 stars
attended May 24 2011

If I could have given it 4.5, I would have. I would have said "loved it" but the ending disappointed me. Yes, it was about truth, consequences, humanity and ethics. It was generally quite well-written, acted, directed and interestingly staged. ...continued

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attended May 24 2011

Compelling story about "truth," left me pondering if there can be various versions of the truth? The story is dynamic, multi-layered and thought-provoking. The acting was superb! A valuable asset to the narrative of race relations in America.

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attended Jun 01 2011

Riveting drama, based on an historical event (fictionalized). The dialogue was a little repetitious at times, but the acting was superb and the emotions were honest and strong. Positively blood-curdling lynching scene. Highly recommended.

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Playwright Charles Smith is an alumni playwright of New Dramatists in New York, and recipient of the 2008 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.
Director Chuck Smith is a Goodman Theatre and MPAACT resident director and associate producer of the Chicago-based touring company Legacy Productions.


By Charles Smith

Directed by Chuck Smith

In 1930 in Indiana, the dangerous energy around a group of teenagers desperate to break out of their small town results in a shocking double lynching. When the two sole survivors meet years later, very different versions of what happened down that lonely country road begin to emerge. Inspired by the infamous true story, The Gospel According to James considers America’s tangled feelings about the racism and sexism of our shared past — and our responsibility to honestly accept who we are so we can face the future together.

Featuring a cast led by Emmy Winner and Tony Nominee Andre De Shields, VG Playwrights Ensemble Member Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James comes to Victory Gardens straight from its world premiere this spring at Indiana Repertory Theatre, where it captivated audiences with its powerful story of redemption.