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16 Star Starred
Skokie Theatre
7924 North Lincoln Avenue Skokie, IL 60077
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Across the street from the Skokie Theater is the always delicious Libertad. Small plates, inventive combinations. Reservations recommended.
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Parked for free on the street right across from the theatre.
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Quotes & Highlights

“From the moment Neil Giuntoli sets foot onstage…it is as if the former mayor has come back to life.” -New York Times
“An uncannily brilliant performance.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Thoroughly gripping… make(s) one heck of a persuasive case that Daley I - a man controlled, like all the great tragic heroes, by both passion and paradox — deserves his spot on the neo-classical shelf." —Chicago Tribune

Description

Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902 – 1976), authoritarian politician, family man and dynasty builder, whose life was inextricably bound to Chicago, the city he loved, is explored in Hizzoner: Daley the First. Written by and starring Neil Giuntoli, it is directed by Stefan Brun and opened March 2, 2006 at Prop Thtr to critical acclaim.

_Hizzoner _is a theatrically intimate look at the man atop Chicago’s political machine and a major influence on national policy and politics – Richard J. Daley. Set in the changing and tumultuous history of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Hizzoner offers a behind-the-scenes view of a world rarely scene beyond City Hall as well as personalities who worked with Daley and some – like Jesse Jackson – with whom he had a crucial crossing of paths. There is also a glimpse into how “Da Mare” may have seen himself.

Giuntoli, a Chicago native and relative of Chicago’s Mayor Anton Cermak has written four plays and has a long list of additional credits including movie and television roles in “Shawshank Redemption,” “Memphis Belle” and “Waterworld” among others. His notable TV guest appearances include “The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” “CSI: NY,” “CSI,” Monk,” “NYPD Blue,” “Ally McBeal,” “Chicago Hope,” “Seinfeld” and “ER.”
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Hizzoner has been performed more than 300 times for audiences around the Chicago area. The show’s cast contains many of its original cast members.