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Dead Writers Theatre Collective
 2016 Season     
                                          "Mad About The Boy"
SEASON SPONSORS: Joyce Saxon & Lois Siegel
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Directed by Artistic Director  Jim Schneider

July 1 - July 31st
At the Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. John Worthing, seemingly straight and proper, has invented a brother Ernest, whose identity he adopts when in the city so he let his wild side out.  As Ernest he woos his best friend, Algernon Moncrieff's cousin, the ravishing Gwendolen Fairfax. Algernon decides to visit John's young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor.  They both face a dilemma; both ladies have a determination to only marry a man whose name is Ernest. Things start to go awry when they all converge in the country and their deceptions are discovered, threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits, until they learn the importance of being earnest.


READ OUR GREAT REVIEWS:

"The sterling performances are what you get from a well-honed ensemble who can punch home this barbed tomfoolery. Any unevenness of talent would rule out the smooth stylization Wilde requires. Happily, they are equally absurd. No one betrays the play with a moment of pomposity-puncturing realism."  Lawrence Bommer, Stage And Screen

"Go to ...The Importance of Being Earnest expecting to laugh out loud—often.  If you think you just aren’t the type of theater goer who belly laughs, I dare you to keep it bottled up....".- Highly recommended by Amy Munice, Splash Magazine

"I couldn’t recommend this performance more highly, nor have I been as charmed by stage production in a long time." -- Sean Margaret Wagner   http://theatre1234.com

"This polished gem shines brightly and radiates with style. And as Oscar Wilde wrote, “In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.” -- Highly recommended by Collin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

"In this comic masterpiece presented by the Dead Writers Theatre Collective, bad timing is well timed. One-liners spark laughter from the audience throughout and the impressive cast delivers a sharp, witty take on this endearing classic." -- Highly recommended by Stacey L.Crawley  

"The production of this play is incredibly well done. All three acts have a completely different set. All the actors play their characters hilariously with great English accents. It’s an absolute joy to watch and the two hours and 45 minutes (with two intermissions) fly by. It’s a delightful theatre experience."  -- Quinn Delaney,  PlayListHQ 

"The sterling performances are what you get from a well-honed ensemble who can punch home this barbed tomfoolery. Any unevenness of talent would rule out the smooth stylization Wilde requires. Happily, they are equally absurd. No one betrays the play with a moment of pomposity-puncturing realism." -- Recommended by Lawrence Bommer 

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Production Sponsors: James & Susan Hannigan, Susan Ferraro, Sandra D. Ochs, Rick Rinehart & Ronald Weslow

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                   The First Musical Revue of Noel Coward
                                    OH COWARD!
                                              Devised by Roderick Cook


                        August 26 - September 18

            *Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)



Production Sponsors: Joann Formanek, Susan Ferraro, James & Susan Hannigan, Richard & Jane Nystrom, Ralph Alberto, Ron Weslow & Anonymous
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         THE HEIRESS
          by Ruth & Augustus Goetz

Directed by Artistic Director
           Jim Schneider


   September 29 - October 23

      Produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service


Adapted from the Henry James novella The Heiress is set in 1850s New York and revolves around a plain young girl, Catherine Sloper who falls desperately in love with a young and handsome man Morris Townsend.

 However her father, the esteemed surgeon Dr. Sloper believes that the young man has come calling on his daughter with entirely different motives other than love and steps in to put an end to the courtship, threatening to disinherit Catherine if she disobeys his wishes.  Catherine begs Morris to elope with her and waits fro him to come and take her away.  When he does not show up she is devastated, grows harsh and resigns herself to live out her life with an emotionally distant father and a large fortune.

Two years pass and Morris turns up at her doorstep again with an explanation of why he did not elope with her.  Does she accept his excuse or seek out revenge for being scorned?



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All Productions at
The Atheneaum Theatre
2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Box Office (773) 935-6875

Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday Matinee 2:30pm