Already closed | 1h 15m | Midtown W

Random Acts

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

About the show

"Random Acts" is an autobiographical play that follows the journey of a woman as she looks back at what she experienced in her childhood. More…

What happens when the past comes hurling into the present? How can a random act of brutality be transformed by a seemingly random act of courage and grace? How can witnessing the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, dancing with Julie Andrews and an unexpected message from the past shape her soul? What can she learn by looking back? Sometimes an act of kindness goes farther than we could ever imagine.

1h 15m | Already closed | TBG Mainstage Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant
80
Avg Score

70
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Rambling, Slow, Strong ending

See it if you'd like to hear abt racial tensions in Chicago 1960s-70s. Impressions of 5/6 yo and of minister-dad. Strong beg/ending...mushy middle.

Don't see it if you want high interest thru-out. Some dull portions (cut Hills Are Alive). Late payoff is touching. Religious underpinnings. Cloying as kid.

90
Absorbing, Relevant, Moving, Effusive, Heartfelt

See it if Lovely enactment of child’s perspective on racial strife. Emotional, spiritual, full of joy & hope even in dark moments. Beautiful ending.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy solo shows. You are uninterested in a child’s viewpoint. You want more drama, rather than sad life experiences.

75
Thought-provoking, Good acting, Ambitious, Mostly entertaining

See it if Like a look at tensions & complex racial relations as seen thru eyes of white minister's daughter in the 60s-70s. Sense memory is good here.

Don't see it if Don't want to spend long time with her as a young child w little adult reflection after she grows up. Expect more story about MLK/riots.

Also I liked this very ambitious play (Renata wrote as well as performed it... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You can relate to growing up in the ‘60s or are interested in personal stories from that era

Don't see it if You don’t like a single actor playing multiple roles or are looking for a deep analysis of the subject matter

Also I was lucky enough to see a postshow talkback with the writer/actor an... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you are interested in race relations you like one-woman shows you like looking at issues from different perspectives

Don't see it if you want a lot of action you like musicals you don't believe that reverse discrimination exists

Also I love the way the artist portrayed herself at different ages--very co... Read more Read less

71
Renata hinrichs is lovely, Activist in intent, Relevant, Admirable, Resonant memoir

See it if you're interested in a young white person's POV on 70's race relations and you want to support actors creating their own work.

Don't see it if you feel uneasy about a privileged person's perspective on hot button issues.

77
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like one woman plays

Don't see it if you miss being entertained

80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy personal stories and how they relate to historical times. This story reflected on the actress's experience during civil rights era

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows, especially where they portray several different characters.

80
Clever, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if enjoy a one-person show that is energetic, unique and provocative

Don't see it if you're lookingh for an eveing of light, fluffy fare

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like engaging story telling and relevant topics.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Quirky, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if You like one woman memoir shows with a political statement

Don't see it if Don’t like shows topical for the 60s and 70s

100
Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You have a sensitive soul.

Don't see it if If you are a racist of any kind. If you are not open.

82
Enchanting, Ambitious, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy one-woman shows that explore racial issues. The performance is enhanced by sounds, music and staging.

Don't see it if you prefer elaborate sets and costumes. This production requires imagination & a willingness to follow the performer back in time and place.

During previews
79
Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if A woman explaining her life from childhood. Well written and acting a good storyline to it.

Don't see it if If you do not want a deep play written about a persons life that was challenging.

During previews
75
Not always dramatic, A powerful ending, Affecting, Anecdotal, Well played

See it if you’re interested in a child’s take on race relations in Chicago during the 1960s.

Don't see it if you are looking for a full-bodied drama: this is a story-telling solo show.

Also Just about all the childhood memories that Renata Hinrichs relates in ... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to relive, or experience, the innocence of the 50's-60's and the influence of religion on matters including race. Honestly told!

Don't see it if you do not like one person plays where the actor plays many characters or you don't/do not want to relate to views of the mid 20th Century.

During previews
75
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in the civil rights era in the north as experienced by a very young minister’s daughter.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy one person shows. You need elaborate sets and costumes to enjoy a show. You have little interest in the 1960’s eras history.

During previews
96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like plays based in history and the changing times of the 60’s as seen through the eyes of the young playwright/actor.

Don't see it if If you don’t like one actor plays or those based in racism.

During previews
74
One-woman show, Intensely personal, Great storytelling, Enhanced by sound

See it if Autobiographical story in south-side Chicago during civil rights era, illustrating that a small act of kindness can have a profound effect.

Don't see it if You want a traditionally structured play with multiple roles. A minister’s daughter’s story with a few significant events isn’t enough.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting

See it if A beautifully written and acted one woman show about her childhood experiences growing up during the civil rights era in Chicago. Memorable!

Don't see it if Do not see it you do not like solo shows.

During previews
80
Resonant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like solo shows and are interested in the story of a woman growing up in an integrated neighborhood in the 60's. Well done.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in stories about race relations. But this should be seen by everyone over 50 - very relatable and informative.

During previews
83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You want to see a fabulous one woman show. Shows through a young white child's eyes confusing world of discrimination. Very touching

Don't see it if If you dont like one person shows, or dont want to hear about reverse discrimination

During previews
49
Excruciating, Disappointing, Ambitious, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if Interested in the Dr King experiences

Don't see it if Poorly written.

Also Random Acts sheds little light on the aftermath of the murder of Marti... Read more Read less

During previews
66
Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You like one act, solo show.A memoir of a women, glimpses of her chilhood,teen years&her experiences in south Chicago in the turbulent times

Don't see it if multiple characters played by a single artist might bore you, racial referral might offend you, bare bone theater might not your thing

During previews
95
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like intimate, stripped-down, one-woman shows sharing personal stories in an entertaining way. I do, and Renata is captivating.

Don't see it if you're expecting plot, scenery, traditional drama etc.


February 27th, 2019
"This talented artist smoothly jumps from character to character…Perhaps the most interesting slant is its concern with a white girl being on the receiving end of racist attitudes, and of a child's loss of innocence but not her faith in human goodness. 'Random Acts' raises valid issues, and nicel...
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February 20th, 2019
"Had a fiction writer created such events one might fairly level a charge of contrivance. But Hinrichs presents these true-life stories with an easy mix of cleverness and charm, wisdom and innocence. Animated by skillful shifting from character to character, her likable performance grows easy to ...
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February 21st, 2019
"'Random Acts' brought a lot of childhood memories back. For that reason alone, I was captivated by this memoir...'Random Acts' is nicely staged by director Jessi D. Hill...With interesting lighting effects by Daisy Long, the stage hints at a theatrical sermon filled with stories. Not the lecturi...
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February 24th, 2019
"Director Jessi D. Hill ensures the power of the piece by keeping the production simple and open to the audience...As an actress and dancer Ms. Hinrichs’ physicality is subtle, precise and delicate. She captures childhood abandon in her adult body without fear in sharp contrast to the stiff and p...
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