Greenhouse Theater Center's explosive production of Machinal by Sophie Treadwell is as innovative as any production in Chicago this year. The phenomenal ensemble carries the entire show on their shoulders and each performer rises to the occasion with vigor.
Machinal may be billed as "the American classic play" (the text originally premiered in 1928) but the Greenhouse's production is as contemporary feeling as any recent work. Treadwell's script is inspired by the true story of murderer Ruth Snyder.
Director Jacob Harvey and movement director Elizabeth Margolius stage the production beautifully - the ensemble's choreography throughout (combined with gorgeous designs from all sides) is specific and poetic. Each transition is led by this group, flawlessly shifting us from location to location while stepping in and out of the story's dozens of supporting characters. Sean Gallagher (the smiley Husband), Cody Proctor (the unobtainable Lover) and Carin Silkaitis (Mother) steal their respective scenes, but Chrisler leaves the audience breathless. The production's devastating final moments will leave you shaken. Machinal is a must-see Chicago production.
Review by Jason Berger
Machinal continues at the Greenhouse Theater Center through September 24th. More info here.
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