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Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
773-404-7336
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 13 members
Review from Norm Sloan
678 events 67 reviews

An excellent production of a long-neglected first work of British
playwright of working class life,Shelagh Delaney(18 at the time),that lives as a vital work some 50 years after its premiere thanks to the cast,
director and designers' careful...continued

reviewed May 31 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from James Henderson
15 events 9 reviews

Centering on the tumultuous relationship of daughter and mother, Jo and Helen, the play chronicles the events of about a year in their lives. The production last night was excellent in spite of minor technical problems that, fortunately, did not...continued

reviewed Jun 07 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from donna
11 events 1 review

2 hours of characters yelling at each other gave me headache. The acting and production were good, but I didn't care for the play.

reviewed Jun 14 2008 report as inappropriate
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Set in 1950s Manchester, England, this poignant and comic play tells the story of Jo, a shy adolescent chafing against the constraints of her working-class life and the demands of her selfish, irresponsible mother Helen. When Helen abandons Jo to take up with a much younger man, Jo falls prey to the advances of an itinerant sailor and is left pregnant and alone. Determined not to be undone by her difficult circumstances, she creates her own sort of family with gay art student Geoffrey, who moves into Jo’s flat to help her prepare for the birth of her baby. The two settle into tentative peace and happiness—until Helen’s unexpected reappearance threatens to throw Jo’s life back into upheaval.

The play was a revolutionary piece in British theatre, confronting taboo social issues from a woman’s perspective, with working-class characters that are realistic, resilient and refuse to be bound by circumstance. Grammar-school dropout Shelagh Delaney was only 17 years old when she started writing A Taste of Honey, her first play and a work that would propel her to literary superstardom by the time she reached her twenties.

By Shelagh Delaney

Directed by Jeremy Wechsler

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