As the blizzard of February 2010 fades into the past, and the winter of present seems to be eerily warm, another storm is brewing. Chicago Dramatists delivers a punch with a new play, Blizzard ’67. Playwright Jon Steinhagen pens a tale of four businessmen employed in the Loop who carpool from the near suburbs. These four hapless gents get stuck in the great storm while trying to return to their homes. None are really friends and when faced with a life-threatening situation begin to act out in ways we all think we wouldn’t (or would we?). The characters address the audience directly which engages them right from the start. The show is interlaced with pictures of that fateful storm as well as other reminders of the past. The wonderful cast of four really occupies their characters and makes them despicable or tolerable making you side with one or the other. Actor Stephen Spencer brilliantly brings to life not only his main character, but sprinkles in a few others of varying ages and genders as they file into and fill out the storyline. This is a fabulous show, and another example of the fine works being created here in Chicago. Catch it before it’s too late, the show runs through February 12th.
Chicago Dramatists has been around for 33 years, offering workshops, readings, classes and special programs. They work to develop and advance playwrights of new works in an effort to keep alive American theatre.
For information on Chicago Dramatists visit http://www.chicagodramatists.org/ and they are located at 1105 W. Chicago Avenue.