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Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
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3.3 / 5 Rated by 23 members
Review from Nancy
10 events 7 reviews

The first act sets the scene of unhelpful friends at a wake for the dead brother/son/grandson. Actors were just saying their lines, not really in character. And the lines were trite.
We did not stay for the second act.

reviewed May 28 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from BJ
10 events 6 reviews

Some of the actors seemed rather self-conscious and ill-at-ease. Timing of lines suffered. Story line was eh, just okay. Found myself wishing it would end so I could go home.

reviewed May 29 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Bill Natale
14 events 7 reviews

This is promoted as a comedy but never noted as a DARK COMEDY. Although the acting was good - it was still a bit rough -but that's to be expected at a preview - it is a subject about death....nothing wrong with that if that's what we had...continued

reviewed May 29 2008 report as inappropriate
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’Til the Fat Lady Sings is a dark, satiric comedy that finds wit and humor in family traditions. Pat and her son Sean are descended upon by clueless but well-meaning loved ones who arrive to offer help and advice during the funeral of a family member. This includes a hyperventilating neighbor, a lonely divorcee, a failed milkman, two military police, and a camera-wielding uncle determined to take a family portrait.

An agent for the playwright’s estate was so impressed with the Citadel production that they encouraged the move to a larger and more visible venue in Chicago: the Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater. Until this production, ’Til The Fat Lady Sings had remained unproduced since Scott McPherson’s tragic death in 1992.

Scott McPherson (playwright) was a renowned Chicago actor (The Normal Heart) and playwright, author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning play Marvin’s Room. He was one of the first openly gay, HIV-positive American artists, and was regarded as one of Chicago’s most vital artistic and creative forces. Until his death in 1992, he spoke eloquently, both in his writing and in interviews, of the personal and familial ravages of chronic illness and the need for loving support and connection with lovers, family and friends. His first full-length play, ‘Till The Fat Lady Sings, was directed by Eric Simonson (Steppenwolf) at Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre in 1987 and received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best New Work. His one-act play, Scraped, premiered in a Chicago New Plays production at the Organic Theatre. McPherson achieved tremendous acclaim for his only other full-length play, Marvin’s Room, which has been performed throughout the United States and around the world. Marvin’s Room premiered at the Goodman Theatre Studio in February 1990 and went on to the Hartford Stage, Playwrights Horizons and Minetta Lane in New York, London’s West End and the Tiffany Theatre in Los Angeles. For his work on Marvin’s Room, McPherson received the 1990 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play, the 1991 Whiting Writer’s Award and, posthumously, the 1992 George Oppenheimer Award, 1993 Robby Award. McPherson wrote the film adaptation of Marvin’s Room, a Miramax release, produced by Scott Rudin and starring Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Verdon and Hume Cronyn. but never got to see it on the big screen. McPherson died of AIDS on November 7, 1992.



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