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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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15 reviews
6 stars
Light snacks and drinks are sold. Plenty of restaurants& bars on the same block
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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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"The Gospel According to James"
36 ratings
4.6 average rating
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Andrea L
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101 reviews
3 stars
attended May 24 2011

If I could have given it 4.5, I would have. I would have said "loved it" but the ending disappointed me. Yes, it was about truth, consequences, humanity and ethics. It was generally quite well-written, acted, directed and interestingly staged. ...

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50 reviews
58 stars
attended May 24 2011

great theatre all seats have good view of stage, the actors were great, the story held my attention for entire show, lighting and scene setups were great i truly enjoyed the play and would recommend it but not for small children. surprisingly i...continued

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76 reviews
2 stars
attended Jun 01 2011

Riveting drama, based on an historical event (fictionalized). The dialogue was a little repetitious at times, but the acting was superb and the emotions were honest and strong. Positively blood-curdling lynching scene. Highly recommended.

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Quotes & Highlights

Playwright Charles Smith is an alumni playwright of New Dramatists in New York, and recipient of the 2008 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.
Director Chuck Smith is a Goodman Theatre and MPAACT resident director and associate producer of the Chicago-based touring company Legacy Productions.


By Charles Smith

Directed by Chuck Smith

In 1930 in Indiana, the dangerous energy around a group of teenagers desperate to break out of their small town results in a shocking double lynching. When the two sole survivors meet years later, very different versions of what happened down that lonely country road begin to emerge. Inspired by the infamous true story, The Gospel According to James considers America’s tangled feelings about the racism and sexism of our shared past — and our responsibility to honestly accept who we are so we can face the future together.

Featuring a cast led by Emmy Winner and Tony Nominee Andre De Shields, VG Playwrights Ensemble Member Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James comes to Victory Gardens straight from its world premiere this spring at Indiana Repertory Theatre, where it captivated audiences with its powerful story of redemption.