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Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater
Formerly the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
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37 events
15 reviews
6 stars
Light snacks and drinks are sold. Plenty of restaurants& bars on the same block
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37 events
15 reviews
6 stars
Park for free in the Children Memorial lot, 1 block south on Lincoln, Valet at theater is $13
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Reviews & Ratings

"Failure: A Love Story"
21 ratings
4.6 average rating
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Andrea L
210 events
104 reviews
3 stars
attended Dec 22 2012

It was pretty simplistic.

Talented cast, very creative multi-media, imaginative, upbeat, even slightly thought-provoking. But I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who likes serious's hard to find anything un-cute at this time of year.

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60 reviews
6 stars
attended Dec 30 2012

A truly great show. Very ofiginal. I will seek out this playwrite. All the actors were astoundingly skilled. I can't say enough.

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24 reviews
29 stars
attended Dec 30 2012

This was a delightful play. It was light-hearted and somber at once. Loved the witty and inventive use of language in the script. The actors were all very good (and versatile!) Highly recommend.

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Quotes & Highlights

" … a wholly wonderful show that is profound, yet at the very same time whimsical beyond all imagining." —Chicago Sun-Times


Written by Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwright Philip Dawkins, Failure: A Love Story is a magical, musical fable about the triumphs and aspirations of three sisters living in the rickety two-story building by the Chicago River which was the Fail family home and clock shop in 1928. Nelly was the first to die, followed soon after by sisters, Jenny June and Gerty. As with many unforeseen circumstances in life — blunt objects, disappearances and consumption — they never saw death coming. This profoundly funny and moving holiday offering reminds us that in the end, all that remains is love.

The play runs 90 minutes and is recommended for those ages 8 and older.