****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** “The Gentleman Caller” by Philip Dawkins, which is receiving its world premiere at Raven Theatre, is a highly theatrical if merely speculative scenario of the relationship (possibly sexual) between two of the 20th-century’s most important American playwrights: Tennessee Williams and William Inge. Constructed, somewhat, as a memory play, it is also very much informed by and alludes to both writers’ major works. Look closely and you can almost see the specters of the characters that these two great authors created just floating around the periphery of the stage. A faint trace of both of their artistic voices, particularly Williams’, are tinged into Dawkins’ well-researched storyline and evocative prose. 3 and 1/2 SPOTLIGHTS
“The Gentleman Caller” runs through May 27th at the Raven Theatre, West Stage, 6157 N. Clark, Chicago. Parking is free in Raven’s adjacent lot, street parking is also available. Running time is 2 hours, 20 minutes, with an intermission. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm; Sunday at 3:30 pm. Tickets range from $41-$46. Students/active military and veterans $15. Every Thursday is “Under 30 Thursday,” when patrons under age 30 can purchase tickets for $15. FYI (773) 338-2177 or www.raventheatre.com.
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