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

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.

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.

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.

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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