Early and Often: Politics, Power in '60s Chicago at Open Fist Theatre
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Having been born and raised in Chicago, and still living there when the play takes place in 1960, I found the content very realistic about the political corruption, political hacks, crooked cops, and the complete subversion of the political system in Chicago. Chicago may be the most corrupt city in the U.S. and the play, which goes over the top at times, is a good primer, with humor, for those who want to learn about what politics in Chicago was about in the '60's (and still has not changed much). And you will enjoy the pre-show greeting by the State Assemblyman who was running for re-election.
Sure, it’s Chicago, 1960, and sure, the election of JFK hangs in the balance, but there’s a lot more at stake for Democratic Precinct Captain Art Ruck. He has a cushy job with the Park District and plenty of girlfriends, but when Ward Boss John Flannery announces a vacancy in the state assembly, Art will stop at nothing to get the seat, including betraying the Democratic Party that fostered his career… It is a time when there is a code of honor in politics, meaning there are good guys and bad guys, though the good guys do bad things to prevent the bad guys from having their share of the goods… or something like that. In the end, Art Ruck is reminded that power corrupts, but absolute power is good for the neighborhood.
Guns are shot on stage. There is some coarse language and reference to an extramarital affair.