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Actors Abigail Boucher, Michaela Petro, and John Henry Roberts in Old Times.

Old Times

Photo credit: Chris Ocken



Season 24

Oct 9, 2011–Nov 12, 2011

3829 N. Broadway

In a secluded country home, Kate and Anna reunite for the first time in more than a decade to reminisce about their bohemian youth in the streets of London. But if they were as close as their stories suggest, why has Kate’s husband, Deeley, never heard of Anna before tonight? After-dinner drinks turn dangerous as history is written and rewritten, and each new revelation or fabrication might eliminate one of them entirely. Strawdog Artistic Associate Kimberly Senior earned her place among Chicago’s top directors by putting vibrant new spins on classic texts (like our sold-out run of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard) or bringing dangerous intimacy to taut thrillers (like Redtwist’s award-winning The Pillowman), and we’re thrilled to let her use both talents on what Clive Barnes (The New York Times) called the finest play of a master dramatist.”

“★★★½ … a very sexy production of what unspools here as a very sensual play. It will have you on the edge of your seat.”
— Chicago Tribune

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED … a subtle yet incendiary rendering of what is quite the psycho-sexual power game.”
— Chicago Sun-Times

“★★★★ The weight that exists in the unspoken exemplifies the specificity Senior and her ensemble employ in defining the characters’ complex, mercurial relationships.”
— Time Out Chicago

RECOMMENDED … Kimberly Senior’s direction mines the play for all its dark, twisted absurdism …”
— New City

RECOMMENDED … taut, ultimately haunting portrait … fascinating meditation on the ghosts of youth.”
— Chicago Reader

Creative Team

Kimberly Senior

Mike Mroch
Set Design

Sean T. Mallary
Light Design

Aly Renee Amidei*
Costume Design

D.J. Reed
Props Design

Chris Kriz
Sound Design

Anita Deely

Matt Buettner
Technical Direction

Kate Hardiman

Jen Poulin
Stage Manager

Nic Dimond

Tyler Wilsey
Production Manager

Dan Laushman
Master Electrician

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member