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Royal George Theatre
Across the street from Steppenwolf Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 88 members
Review from Andrea
29 events 16 reviews

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...continued

reviewed Apr 30 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from John
15 events 4 reviews

Powerful performances, disturbing storyline ... in the tight confines of the Royal George's Cabaret Theatre it's suitably claustrophic and absorbing. Kudos to the cast - brave, unflinching work.

Note: This is a definitively adults-only show...continued

reviewed Apr 18 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from jtraff
5 events 1 review

I saw this play when it first ran in the early '90s. I loved it then and like it, now. I believe Tracy Letts directed the play in the early 90s, so the Killer was underplayed with a tension of evil lurking. This Killer was a presence from the...continued

reviewed Jul 15 2010 report as inappropriate
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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.)

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