“ The Sweeter Option … will be thrilling to all. At 80 minutes with no intermission the production flies by … ”— Chicago Stage Standard
“ Strawdog's 100th production is a fun, sexy noir ride … ”— Time Out Chicago
“ … grabs our attention and keeps us riveted in anticipation of each sudden reversal. ”— Windy City Times
“ Playwright John Henry Roberts instantly hooks me to his pulpy noir. And for the next tight eighty minutes, he reels me in hook, line and sinker. … razor-sharp dialogue … Lyons masterfully keeps the story edgy and stylized … The Sweeter Option is riveting from lights up and way past black out. If I had to sum up the experience in one word, I'd go with "Whoa!" ”— The Fourth Walsh
Strawdog celebrates our 100th production with a World Premiere by Ensemble Member John Henry Roberts. A low-rent investigator named Tucker tracks a stolen rent-a-car and stumbles neck-deep into an embezzlement scheme gone sour. There's enough cash up for grabs to finance a whole new life, but the only way to it is through Irene Pike, a suburban housewife who is clearly more than she lets on. But what, exactly? A fast-paced and darkly funny psychological thriller set in 1971 Chicagoland, directed by Lookingglass Theatre's Marti Lyons, who helmed Haven Theatre's hit production of Seminar and The Gift Theatre's Mine.