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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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