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Theater Wit
1229 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60657
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 28 members
Review from dwestby
Red Velvet 28 events 17 reviews

Well written world premiere play about feminism, sexism and Islam. All the characters were believable and the actors were excellent. The theater is an intimate black box that is perfect for the intimacy of the play.

reviewed Sep 09 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from MusicMusic
211 events 30 reviews

Phenominal, inspiring, thought-provoking! I try to see 12 to 18 plays per year and this is the best one I've seen in the past 9 years - absolutely stunning - especially for a newly written and produced play which often has to go through numerous...continued

reviewed Sep 09 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from ChgoDave
57 events 28 reviews

Although the concept and overall story were good, this play needs more interaction and conflict. It wasn't until the second half that things picked up and got more interesting. Ending too predictable even though there was room for it to be...continued

reviewed Sep 02 2012 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“Slicing and poignant… a series of charged encounters … a terrific Jennifer Pompa is vulnerable and bold in equal measures.” —_Chicago Tribune _
“[A] smart and spirited world premiere work… a snappy production by Stage Left Theatre… expertly directed by Greg Werstler.” —_Chicago Sun-Times _
“A drama at once disturbing, insightful and unexpectedly humorous … Derleth delivers a nuanced mix of strength and vulnerability; Pompa walks away with every scene she’s in, covering depths of hurt with defensive, self-deprecating humor.” —_Chicago Theater Beat _
“Derleth serves as a strong emotional anchor, playing Talya with a steely confidence that shields her vulnerable soul. As a bitter barista trapped in the ’burbs, scene-stealer Jennifer Pompa gets the best one-liners, but is equally sharp during intimate dramatic scenes.” —_Time Out Chicago _


_This show has some stronge language and references to violence. It’s recommended for those age 12 and older.


Symposium Series*

In line with its mission to raise social and political debate, Stage Left offers patrons a Symposium Series for every production. Immediately following each Sunday matinee, they invite the audience to stay for a discussion centered on a particular question raised by the performance. Admission to the Symposium Series is free, but it is recommended that attendees have seen the production in order to fully appreciate and participate in the discussion. Impenetrable raises debate about responsibility of the advertising media, biases based on appearance, and the ramifications that a popular culture which glorifies youth and beauty has on our own self image.

About Playwright Mia McCullough

Born and raised in New York, Mia McCullough has been writing plays in Chicago for 20 years. After migrating to Chicagoland to study theatre and creative writing, Mia opted to stay and make Chicago her artistic home. Her plays have been produced in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Taking Care and Spare Change_), Chicago Dramatists (Lucinda’s Bed _and Since Africa_), and Stage Left Theatre (_Spare Change, Echoes of Another Man, Chagrin Falls, Cyber Serenade) where she was an ensemble member for many years. Nationally, Mia’s plays have been produced at theatres such as The Old Globe in San Diego, Actor’s Express in Atlanta, Victory Theatre in Los Angeles, InterAct in Philadelphia, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival.

About Director Greg Werstler

Greg Werstler’s Stage Left directing credits include The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, After Ashley, Ruby Vector (LeapFest 6), _The Face of a Ruined Woman _(LeapFest 7) and Blessed Assurance (Leapfest 8). Greg has worked as a theater administrator and director in Chicago for more than 15 years. He is the Director of Creative Sales, CFO of The ComedySportz Theatre. Other directing credits include ComedySportz Crew Meets: Snow White, and ComedySportz Crew Meets: Winnie the Pooh, also _Rumors _and Loveliest Afternoon for Eclipse Theatre Company, _Voice of the Prairie _and The Eight for Dolphinback Theatre (of which he was a founding member), A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Equity Library Theatre and Angels in America at Lake Forest College.


The cast* includes SLT ensemble member Melanie Derleth (Thalya) and guest artists Emi Clark (Julie), Kamal Hans (Mourad), Jennifer Pompa (Andie), Kyle Johnson (Pete) and Kayla Rea (Cari)

The staff includes SLT ensemble members John Kohn III (lighting design) and Adam Smith (sound design) with guest artists Jason Crutchfield (stage management), Kristin Toerpe (production management), Roger Wykes (scenic design), Erica Griese (costume design), Anna Henson (projections design), Rick Julien (technical direction), Lindsay Bartlett (dialect coach), and Amy Szerlong (assistant direction).

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