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40 Star Starred
Chopin Theatre Mainstage
1543 W. Division Ave. Chicago, IL 60642
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You can bring your own food, or order tacos at the beginning of the show. You aren't allowed to bring drinks in, but drink prices are very reasonable.
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The weather was sunny. I wore jeans and a t-shirt.
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11 ratings
2.4 average rating
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6 reviews
0 stars
attended May 15 2011

You can also find my review with links at

This, I hope, is the most challenging review I will ever have to write.

Woyzeck is a play by Georg Büchner that is comprised of a set of unfinished scenes...continued

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31 reviews
15 stars
attended May 08 2011

I can't imagine what the one star reviewer was expecting: The play that I saw was an interesting refraction of Woyzeck, seen through the 1920s. Maybe the neg reviewer wanted a happy ending? This is serious theater, beautifully realized, for...continued

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4 reviews
3 stars
attended May 15 2011

This was unnecessarily graphic. What was the point of the play?

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Quotes & Highlights

“Adapter-director Sean Graney’s blistering and altogether superb take on the play… is not only a thrilling take on Buchner’s classic, but an example of Graney working at the top of his powers.” -Chicago Sun-Times (Highly Recommended)
“Graney’s exuberantly eccentric productio… yields a bracing, inspiring performance. The ferocious violence of the play’s climax turns out to have been perfectly prepared by the piece’s Kubrickian opening.” -_Time Out Chicago  _


People, look at Woyzeck as the world made him. A broken, poor soldier. Can medicine save him? Can work save him? Can murder save him? Love. Sex. Death. Science. Come see Woyzeck die. 

Franz Woyzeck, a lowly soldier stationed in a provincial German town, is living with Marie, and father of a child not blessed by the church as the child was born out of wedlock. Woyzeck earns extra money for his family by performing menial jobs for his Captain and agreeing to take part in medical experiments conducted by the Doctor. As one of these experiments, the Doctor tells Woyzeck he must eat nothing but peas. It is obvious that Woyzeck’s mental health is breaking down and he begins to experience a series of apocalyptic visions.

Starring Erin Barlow, Ryan Bollettino, Ryan Bourque, Walter Briggs, Geoff Button, Sean Patrick Fawcett, Lindsey Gavel and Zeke Sulkes 

Woyzeck is a new adaptation by director Sean Graney

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Their mission, which is ever-evolving to adapt to the growth of their organization, is to make a Theater of Honesty. They define a Theater of Honesty chiefly through two elements of their work: performance and presentation. In performance, their actors shall employ a genuine emotional vulnerability, rather than manufacturing a disconnected, intellectual version of emotion. In presentation, they shall acknowledge their presence in a theater and embrace high theatricality. Through this balance of an unyielding emotional honesty and accepting a concept of "play," they seek to strengthen the connection between artist and audience, enriching their audience's imaginative experience. Ultimately, they aim, perhaps somewhat naively, to spread understanding within society, thereby minimizing cruelty