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American Theater Company
at N. Lincoln Ave 1909 W. Byron Chicago, IL 60613
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5.0 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from wrixlan

Fast-paced, satirical fun. Great theater experience!

reviewed Jan 16 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from gpsimeon

Went with a theater skeptic who loved it.

reviewed Feb 27 2009 report as inappropriate
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ATC breaks ground with an unprecedented mid-run cast switch, offering audiences the rare chance to see two versions of each play

American Theater Company continues its ambitious Season 24 with the inauguration of the American Classic Repertory, which begins with Sam Shepard’s most produced play, True West. True West tells the story of two brothers: Austin, an ambitious Hollywood screenwriter working on a potential million-dollar deal, and Lee, a vagabond thief with a compulsion for six-packs and toasters. Austin and Lee face off for control while venting demons from their dysfunctional past.

Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog then joins True West in repertory. Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece also explores two brothers: Lincoln, ex-“3-card” player turned legitimate entertainer, and Booth, a petty thief who wants to learn his brother’s game. Lincoln and Booth struggle to make a new life that will finally lead them out of poverty.

“The inauguration of the American Classic Repertory with _True West _and Topdog/Underdog is historical simply in the pairing of the plays. That it goes on to break ground with the first ever nontraditional production of Topdog/Underdog is truly thrilling for us,” says Artistic Director PJ Paparelli. “The American Classic Repertory provides a unique theatre experience for both audiences and artists. We gather in a space to experience two stories about brotherhood from two radically different vantage points of American culture, and the goal is that we all come out of this experience with a greater respect for each other and a profound understanding and connection to that which unites all of us as Americans.”

The original cast for True West features ATC Ensemble Members Matthew Brumlow as Austin and Suzanne Petri as Mom, Mike McNamara as Saul, and Stephen Louis Grush as Lee.

The original cast for Topdog/Underdog will feature Congo Square Ensemble Members Daniel Bryant as Booth and Anthony Irons as Lincoln.

When the casts are switched, Daniel Bryant will assume the role of Austin and Anthony Irons will play Lee in True West. In Topdog/Underdog Stephen Lois Grush will play Booth and Matthew Brumlow will play Lincoln.

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