Venue Details

Chicago Dramatists Theatre
at the three-way intersection of Chicago, Milwaukee and Ogden 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 9 members
Review from Barbara Sandler
Red Velvet 119 events 22 reviews

Play slightly dated and too long. But the acting was superb!

reviewed Jul 16 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Grandma M
23 events 10 reviews

Great production. We really enjoyed educating Rita and definitely recommend seeing it to others.

reviewed Jul 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from P Pike
20 events 8 reviews

Great play! I highly recommend it. The character development was wonderful!

reviewed Jul 15 2011 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

This is a JEFF-recommended production.
“Whitney White is superb — a force of nature as she displays subtleties of class that U.S. audiences see far too rarely. The second act snaps with energy as the student becomes the teacher and the intellectual becomes the mope.” -_New City Stage. _
“White and Woodard … [are] obviously comfortable on stage together and they have a chemistry that is engaging and keeps the audience’s attention.”-_The Chicago Seen _
“… both of the players in this well directed play are wonderful character builders … [w]hile the set by Chelsea Warren is a masterful professor’s office crammed with books. Christopher Kriz’s sound and use of music adds a certain charm to the over all picture … and the costumes by Joanna Melville are extraordinary.”—_Around the Town Chicago _
“Russell’s hilariously biting examination of higher education, and the hallow pretentiousness it can lead to, comes through loud and clear.”—_Chicago Theatre Addict _


Written by Willy Russell

Directed by Richard Corley

Bored with teaching undergraduates English literature, Frank Bryant morosely reflects through a whiskey glass on his failed marriage and his attempt at becoming a poet. His world is turned upside down by the arrival of Rita, a hairdresser who has decided to find herself by taking an Open University course. Frank and Rita struggle together to find balance between her warm impulsive reactions and the cold analytical approach he so much loathes in other students and colleagues. Together they learn some hard life lessons about freedom, class and the cost of change.

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