“How to Defend Yourself” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** There was certainly quite a buzz in the air at the recent opening night performance of Liliana Padilla’s play “How to Defend Yourself.” As the audience members filled the lobby of the Victory Gardens Theater, the anticipation level was extremely high. Once inside and seated in their seats it definitely took on a party atmosphere. Padilla’s latest script, developed as part of Victory Gardens 2018 IGNITION Festival of New Plays, was receiving its Co-World Premiere with Actors Theatre of Louisville. The very vocal audience instantly embraced this important and essential work and “How to Defend Yourself” marks the emergence of a major new voice in the American theatre.  3 AND 1/2 SPOTLIGHTS


“How to Defend Yourself” continues to February 23, 2020

Performances are at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. For tickets and information, call the Victory Gardens Box Office, 773-871-3000, email or visit Ask the Box Office about discounts for students, seniors and those with access needs. Groups of 10 or more, call 773-634-9862 for discounted rates

Tuesdays to Fridays  7:30 PM     
Saturdays  3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sundays  3:00 PM
Tickets are $31 to $65
Running time is 100 minutes with no intermission.  
Valet parking is available.  

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