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THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND -- Sublime Silliness Yesterday Afternoon on Chicago's North Side
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 09:43 am EST 01/17/22

My profound gratitude goes out to the (at least) 13 ATC-ers who took the time to post their adroit comments about Stoppard's divinely hilarious romp. My partner and I roared with laughter throughout this 75-minute farce -- and we weren't alone. The chuckles and belly laughs came fast and frequently from everyone in the audience.

The cast was superb, because material like this can be deadly if the actors try too hard for laughs or come across as too broad (or even too subtle). Fortunately this little non-equity theatre group, The Saint Sebastian Players, consistently hit all the right notes and made Stoppard's superb blend of satire, absurdism, wit, and homage chug along at such a frenetic pace that I literally was left breathless when the cast came out for their bows. Agatha Christie was never skewered so lovingly and with such panache.

Highly recommended if you live in the Chicago area. The Real Inspector Hound runs through 2/6/2022. It is being staged in the basement of St. Bonaventure Church on Diversey Parkway about a half block west of Ashland Avenue (just on the border between the Lake View and Lincoln Park community areas).
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