Heartbreak House | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Heartbreak House The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 27 2017

George Bernard Shaw's 1919 comedy-drama—written in reaction to the social upheavals of World War I and inspired by a weekend Shaw spent with writer Virginia Woolf and her husband at their country home in 1916—is a portrait of a bohemian English family and the outsiders drawn into their eccentric world. This production by ShawChicago, which specializes in concert readings of Shaw's works, features an excellent ten-member ensemble delivering their lines from scripts at music stands. This approach allows the audience to savor the wordy play's elegantly constructed dialogue. But as the physical action escalates in the final act—with the arrival of unidentified enemy aircraft dropping bombs on the estate—the production runs out of steam, constricted by the limitations of the readers' theater format. —Albert Williams

Price: $35, $30 seniors, $20 students


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