ShowBizChicago - Recommended. Parent's costumes all seamlessly work together to take you out of the theatre proper to place you in a more cinematic environment.
The only downfall is Nigro's script which too often gets caught up in overdoing the genre he pays tribute to by sacrificing the soul of the characters. Luckily the actors are able compensate and end up giving the patrons a unique theatre going experience. Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended.
You could say The Den Theatre's devoutly noir treatment of Don Nigro's "City of Dreadful Night" is a picture of fine ensemble acting framed by sets, lighting and costumes that capture the story's s mystery film flavor. Or you could say this stylish gem is just the coolest thing to hit a Chicago stage in many a half-lit, shadowy night. ChicagoCritic - Recommended. Without revealing more, trust me that you will be fully engaged as you try to guess what will happen next as the plot is woven into a mystery worthy of your attention.
The look is accurate, the players fully committed, and writing is intricate. This is a stylish world premiere nicely paced and tightly directed by Ron Wells. City of Dreadful Night is a terrific suspenseful work deserving of an audience. Around The Town Chicago - Recommended.
The production is very tight and offers mystery fans a chance to start figuring out some clues that Nigro plants within the script. While tense, in most spots, there are some comical moments as we watch the characters intertwine with each other and start to understand just who is who and how they relate to each other. Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended. Under the direction of Ron Wells, this homage to film noir works. The story, as it gets revealed, keeps you interested in this wisely conceived ninety minute drama. He moved the actors well within the lighted parameters of some of the scenes.
I especially loved some of the specials in the hallway and at the diner. Given the excellent atmospheric elements, the cast will only become more nuanced as the run progresses. Now Playing. Coming Soon.
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Restaurant Guide. Theatre In New York. Theatre In Atlanta. Theatre In Boston. Quick Overview At at time when many critics still viewed Thomson's City as the work of a gifted but erratic and sick poet with no cultural preparation to speak of, Henry Paolucci undertook to reassess both the reputation of the author and the quality of his work to prove otherwise. Double click on above image to view full picture.
Details At at time when many critics still viewed Thomson's City as the work of a gifted but erratic and sick poet with no cultural preparation to speak of, Henry Paolucci undertook to reassess both the reputation of the author and the quality of his work to prove otherwise. With clarity and candor, Paolucci acknowledges Thomson's dark melancholy but shows it to be far removed from the strident optimism of others who shared similar beliefs, depicting him, ultimately, as an Augustinian struggling to find purpose in a world lacking faith, hope, and love.
Thomson's City is a modern rendering of St. Augustine's City of Man.