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Fullers Pub
3203 W. Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60618
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16 events
3 reviews
13 stars
Unaware that parking was in rear. Walked almost 2 blocks to venue.
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"Busted City"
17 ratings
3.9 average rating
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8 events
6 reviews
1 stars
attended Sep 21 2012

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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Stephanie Stephens
64 events
25 reviews
3 stars
attended Sep 22 2012

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

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45 events
14 reviews
5 stars
attended Sep 21 2012

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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Prop Thtr Group

Prop Thtr Group was established in 1981 by Artistic Director Scott Vehill, Technical Director Stefan Brun and other Chicago artists, making it the oldest surviving off-loop, non-equity theater in Chicago. Prop Thtr has produced over 80 productions in its history, over 40 of them being world premieres. The theater's focus is on original or newly adapted works taken from literature. Prop Thtr has adapted the works of Algren, Hecht, Burroughs, Brecht, Bukowski, Bradbury, Dick, Nin, Nabokov, Dostoyevsky and Salinger to name a few.