Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Reeking of Indiscretion: Madame X's Allerton

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

This new work exploring the relationships of philanthropist Robert Allerton offers an epistolary intrigue of historical truth, fiction, and LGBTQ issues. More…

From the show:

Madame X declared Robert Allerton Chicago's most eligible bachelor in 1906. His relationship with her and John Gregg, his longtime-companion, adopted-as-an-adult son are imagined in correspondence. 

1h 30m | Already closed | The Chain Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (19)


Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining
Avg Score

Meandering, Boring, Reading, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy being read to. This is three actors sitting at a table, each reading from a three ring binder, a series of 100+ year old letters.

Don't see it if You’re not a BIG fan of historical fiction.

Also I had a hard time with this. I really wanted to like it but just could... Read more Read less

Witty, Charming, Staged reading, Quirky, Funny

See it if you have an interest in early 20th century upper class gay life. The letters detail the kind of problems only money can buy with humor.

Don't see it if epistolary literature makes you yawn.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You would enjoy a high level “reading” of a charming play set in the Roaring 20 that deals with a gay relationship of the period.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for a musical or heavy drama.

Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Funny

See it if you enjoy authentic early 20th century bon mot letters, read by the actors, and frank, humorous conversation about relationships/emotions.

Don't see it if you prefer action, elaborate sets, and large casts or musicals to three actors reading characters’ letter exchanges.

Also Because the play involves little action of the characters, it may be m... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A delightful workshop focusing on love & friendship with strong & convincing acting.

Don't see it if You needs sets and props to imagine this workshop true story.

Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You’re up for an epistolatory evening; the well-written script a back-and-forth seated reading of evocative letters between characters.

Don't see it if You expect more physical action than actors seated almost throughout, weirdly and anachronistically wearing promo t-shirts for the show.

Also A lovely reminder of a world not so long ago where people were casuall... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Indulgent, Dated

See it if You like the epistolary form of reading letters back and forth, this blast from the past shows how far the gays have come.

Don't see it if It's all talk and no action, so if that's a deal breaker for you, skip this. I liked it though.


See it if You are interested in a “Love Letters” type presentation of theatre.

Don't see it if You are interested in a play in which the actors do more then read and write to one another.

Also While the subject matter has interesting moments, the presentation is ... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Great acting

See it if into a mostly-a-reading of old letters by a society-columnist, a wealthy gay man and his lover/adopted son.

Don't see it if readings of old letters are not for you

Also The show comes alive in the last 10 minutes, but for the preceding 80,... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Quirky, Clever

See it if Its a work being developed. The bones are good and it will flesh out in time. Right now use your imagination. It’s a good starting experienc

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you want a finished piece; if you don’t want to listen to a reading; if you want a stage set. It’s the start.

Informative, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are interested in a biographical LGBTQ history told through imagined correspondence by actual characters, in a terrific production.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy a play that is presented much like a play reading.

Disappointing, Dated, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in historical fiction involving LGBTQ issues.

Don't see it if You're looking for a full production.

Also The writing is interesting, but watching actors sit and read from the ... Read more Read less

Fascinating, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in insight to the gay experience in the early/mid part of the last century. Well acted and well written.

Don't see it if You don’t like minimally staged readings with no set and only three actors.

Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You enjoy an intelligent discussion of gay issues

Don't see it if Sophisticated conversation bores you

Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you are fine with virtually no action, all reading. It is entertaining enough, just not what I expected.

Don't see it if Your attention span is short. It takes effort to stay engaged, but it is worth it to catch the expressions of the actors.

Also The actors are very likable and do an excellent job - they don't have ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if if you like clever, stylish repartee which took place among characters living in another era of history and strata of high artistic society

Don't see it if you like kick lines and singing choruses with lots of choreography or special effects on the stage

Intelligent, Clever, Quirky, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Like stage readings, enjoy listening and don't need a lot of action. An interesting true story told through correspondence.

Don't see it if If you need action and HATE staged readings.

Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if Like untold history of LBGTQ story from the early 20th century. Well written script containing letters between the characters. simple story

Don't see it if If you need a lot of action.

Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like intelligent writing and interesting characters. A true story simply told through this staged reading.

Don't see it if If you don’t like stage readings

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