AstonRep Theatre Company Presents The Chicago Premiere of
THE WATER’S EDGE
by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Artistic Director Robert Tobin
A modern take on a Greek tragedy, a scorned husband and father returns home after a 17-year absence – with a new girlfriend in tow – to face the ex-wife who still blames him for a devastating loss in their family's past. This tense domestic drama turns shocking as a startling twist is revealed, leading to a stunning climax.
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Performances at: The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660 http://www.raventheatre.com/
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS:
Raven Theatre is located at 6157 N. Clark Street, on the corner of Clark and Granville in Chicago. 15 minutes from the Eden's Expressway (Peterson Exit East) and 5 minutes from the North end of Lake Shore Drive.
FREE PARKING is available in their lot and is first come, first served. Enter the lot from Northbound Clark Street. There is Free, Non-Metered, Parking on Granville, just East of the theatre. Ample street parking is also available on Clark.
Public transportation is available on the #22 CLARK bus (Exit at Granville) and the CTA RED LINE. Exit at the GRANVILLE station, walk West 0.6mi on Granville to Clark Street.
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – Kevin Thomas, Time Out Chicago
"...Occasionally the play imitates its Greek roots with more grandiose and cosmic moments, but this does a disservice to its strength. The ruinous family is so well-constructed the soliloquies are unnecessary; their rage needs no explanation, and the speeches prove distracting. The production's realism only heightens the delivery of its violent and heart-pounding conclusion. But then the grittiness is replaced with pontification. As a tragedy, it is affecting, terribly beautiful, and brilliant-but catharsis, that gut feeling of a reordered world we seek from tragedy, remains elusive. Yet it's not the ending that sticks-it's the little moments where history conspires to make the simplest words rake across the flesh and bone of every member of the cursed house."
RECOMMENDED – Lisa Buscani, NewCity Chicago
"...Amy Kasper seems a little subdued for a woman who's been boiling in bitterness for seventeen years, but she pours it on when she needs to at the end. Larson's goofiness belies the decisions he will ultimately make; he successfully negotiates a hard-core change. Arnold captures the neurotic sex-kitten tone her character requires but because Rebeck doesn't give Richard much to do, one wonders why she's there in the first place. Pavlak manages to instill the appropriate yearning into her bitter daughter; she struggles with her desire for relationship with her father. Ray Kasper does what he can with the underwritten Richard; the necessary longing that drags him back to his family is there, but the guilt that drove him away is missing. The audience gasped during the big, tragic reveal when I saw it; Rebeck's path may be flawed but she manages to get there."
RECOMMENDED – Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic
"...The drama builds into a tensely shocking twist that leads to a stunning climax. Amy Kasper’s performance emerges from mild sarcasm to blinding rage as her vengeance explodes toward Richard. She was outstanding here as was Tim Larson and Sara Pavlak as the siblings. The result changes the relationship between all members of the family. Nate and Erica realize that their lives have been formed by the actions from 17 years ago. The last few scenes will have you on the edge of your seat. This is a terrific show filled with surprises and fine performances."
RECOMMENDED – Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review
"...Theresa Rebeck once said that her plays were about "betrayal and treason and poor behavior. A lot of poor behavior." This sums up the drama that unfolds all over Jeremiah Barr's exquisite beach house set. Loosely based on Greek mythology, Rebeck has written a frightening morality tale for the one percenters."