Venue Details

136 Star Starred
Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater
Formerly the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
Venue website Get directions
4.4 / 5 Rated by 34 members
Review from Karl Fernandez

Awesome! My friends and I loved it! I've seen several productions by this ensemble---most of them when they were located at their old space---this show was the most daring show yet!

reviewed May 21 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Mary Jo Sobotka

I was ok! I do not think I would recommend it to anyone.

reviewed May 21 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Jean

Beautiful looking production with experienced actors but it failed to deliver the goods. It left me surprisingly unmoved - a rather souless attempt.

reviewed Jun 05 2010 report as inappropriate
View All 18 Reviews
More Information


In a rural shack in Georgia during the Great Depression, the dysfunctional and desperate Lester family faces eviction from their own land. The patriarch Jeeter struggles to keep his farm’s deed, feed his starving family and arrange suitable marriages for his children despite no money, no seeds and no foreseeable way out. The Lester family shows brutally honest truths and emotionally shocking decisions, both outrageously humorous and horrifying.

Tobacco Road is the second-longest running drama in Broadway history having amassed 3,182 Broadway performances to its credit. When it subsequently toured the country, it was declared obscene in many places, including Chicago where it was closed down, but reopened after a lawsuit.

The cast for Tobacco Road features award-winning ABT Ensemble members Matthew Brumlow (Dude), Kate Buddeke (Sister Bessie), Dennis Cockrum (Jeeter), James Leaming (multiple roles), Suzanne Petri (Grandma), Carmen Roman (Ada) and Gwendolyn Whiteside (Ellie May); along with Laura Coover (Pearl) and James Joseph (Lov). Joining director Keenan on the artistic staff are ABT Ensemble members James Leaming (scenic and lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound design), and Lauri Dahl (dramaturg); ABT Artistic Affiliates Sarah Ross (costume and properties design), Marty Higginbotham (incidental music, choral director), Jaclyn Holsey (stage manager), Mercedes Rohlfs (assistant dramaturg), Steve Key (special effects) and Sarah Burnham and Brian Claggett (production support). Fight choreographer is Joe Foust.

<em>Saturday Night Fever</em> Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago: River North Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago: Wicker Park <em>Eugene Onegin</em> Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters Music at Joe's Live - Rosemont