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23 Star Starred
Chicago Dramatists Theatre
at the three-way intersection of Chicago, Milwaukee and Ogden 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
312-633-0630
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94 reviews
31 stars
Avoid D'Augustino's pizza. It is right around the corner but service was terrible. After waiting 50 minutes for our food, it had not arrived and the server was clueless. We left without eating but did make it to the play on time.
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The weather was super cold. I wore hoddie and jacket with jeans .
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"Educating Rita"
9 ratings
4.2 average rating
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22 reviews
42 stars
attended Jul 16 2011

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

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10 reviews
7 stars
attended Jul 22 2011

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

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8 reviews
1 stars
attended Jul 15 2011

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

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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 _

Description

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.