Tracy Letts' Award-Winning Play Killer Joe from Profiles Theatre
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The last date listed for Killer Joe was Sunday July 18, 2010 / 7:00pm.
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From uproarious comedies like The Odd Couple to hard-hitting dramas like The China Syndrome, Jack Lemmon was one of the most versatile actors of his generation. Now, his distinctive voice returns to the stage as son Chris Lemmon portrays his father in a new solo show exploring his unlikely journey from Newton, Mass. to becoming the first actor ever to win the Oscar for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Trained in classical piano, Chris Lemmon's music-filled performance is a celebration of one of Hollywood's greatest legends, and an exploration of a fascinating relationship between father and son. The show is written and directed by Hershey Felder, whose one man productions -- including George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein and last season's smash hit Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane -- have played to great acclaim worldwide. Learn More
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Goldstar Member
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I thought this was a great production. Definitely dark and disturbing but the performances were beyond wonderful and the story was truly captivating. While I LOVE the theatre, I often have a hard to keep attention span and my time spent at this theatre felt like it flew by. These performances were better than I've seen in many movies. As long as you are prepared for, and enjoy, an intense (dark) story line, I think you'd be impressed!
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Killer Joe received the following 2010 Jeff Awards: Outstanding Production Of The Year, Outstanding Principal Actor – Darrell W. Cox, and Outstanding Director – Rick Snyder
This production of Killer Joe was a Goldstar Roar of the Crowd winner at the Profiles Theater.
“This play actually has new resonance in this recessionary era, when you can imagine impecunious desperadoes turning desperate in their fiscal malaise.” —Chicago Tribune
“…Snyder’s production…not only heightens the tension and intensifies the stakes, but it brings out the crazy poetry, mordant humor and quiet desperation of Letts’ characters.” —Chicago Sun Times
“…Snyder’s revival, even more intimate than the play’s 1993 debut…is horrifying, exhilarating and exquisitely cast. As great as Cox is in his well-matched role, the play belongs to newcomers Kevin Bigley and Claire Wellin. As the desperate Chris and despondent Dottie, these two exhibit a magnetism that’s, well, killer.” —Time Out Chicago
Profiles Theatre continues its 2009-2010 Season with Killer Joe by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts, directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Rick Snyder.
Written in 1991, the play premiered at the Next Lab Theater in Chicago two years later and was then presented at the 29th Street Rep in NYC. Since then, Killer Joe has been performed in at least 15 countries in 12 different languages. It won top honors at the Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Theater Festival in 1994, then played to sellout audiences at London’s The Bush Theatre and transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End for a four-month run in which it won the Time Out Award as the Best Play of 1995. Tracy Letts was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play for_ August: Osage County_.
Profiles Theatre’s production of Killer Joe has been playing to sold-out houses since it opened in January 2010. The production received rave reviews from Chicago’s top critics and is well on the way to breaking Profiles’ box office records. All cast members are continuing in their roles, including Profiles ensemble members Darrell W. Cox and Somer Benson, along with Kevin Bigley, Howie Johnson and Claire Wellin.
(This production contains graphic violence, nudity and strong adult content. For this reason, no one under the age of 17 will be admitted.)