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Fullers Pub
3203 W. Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60618
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3.9 / 5 Rated by 17 members
Review from Ivan Handler

Great dialog, really captured the time. Putting it in an actual neighborhood bar was brilliant. As a Harold supporter who lived through the actual events, it brought a lot back. The ending also points out how far we have yet to go as a city. ...continued

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Review from Stephanie Stephens

very realistic; enjoyable memory of the 1983 mayoral election and how personal prejudices play into political divisions.

reviewed Sep 22 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Mary Williams

I think there was an over-use of the n word throughout the entire performance.

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_Chicago, 1983. Race. Politics. Fear… And the election that changed everything.

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Busted City_ is the story of a city standing on the brink of a major historical moment: the election of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor. It is an examination of Chicago politics and prejudice, of race, of who gets a piece of the pie and how it got that way.

Election Day is drawing close, and tensions are running high in a non-descript Chicago bar. The bar is home to a bookie, Theo (Guy DiBenedetto), taking bets on the blood sport of Chicago politics. He is aided by his mentor, Jimbo (Michael Byrne), a retired South Side Irish cop, and their bagman, Al (Tony Pulgine), a South Side Italian cop just a few years from retirement. The restaurant next door is run by Theo’s gay brother, Johnny Jr (Nick Leininger). They are joined by Ace (Arch Harmon), a black mail carrier and long-time bettor at the bar, who sees in the election the promise of a triumph long overdue.

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