A Touch of the Poet | Artistic Home | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Touch of the Poet Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6 2011

Completed in 1942 and envisioned as part of a nine-play cycle called "A Tale of Possessors, Self-dispossessed," A Touch of the Poet is yet another of Eugene O’Neill's sprawling family dramas, reeking of alcohol and thwarted ambition, packed with wounded feelings, shouting matches, ghosts from the past--and the sort of well-crafted, complex characters that strong actors, like the ones in Kathy Scambiatterra's staging for the Artistic Home, love to sink their teeth into. O'Neill puts his audience through as many changes as he puts his characters, but it's worth it. Frank Nall is riveting as the play's difficult, deluded patriarch, and Elizabeth Argus does a star turn as his rebellious, argumentative, but ultimately loving daughter. --Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$32

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