Writers' Theatre’s Midwest premiere of “The Letters” by John W. Lowell, directed by Kimberly Senior and featuring acclaimed Chicago actors Kate Fry and Mark L. Montgomery, has received glowing reviews from the media and audiences alike. The play runs through March 3 at Writers' intimate Books on Vernon performance space at 664 Vernon Ave. in Glencoe.
The Chicago Tribune called “The Letters” "a smart and sexy thriller," and the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the piece as "mesmerizing," adding that "the play simultaneously sends a chill down the spine, and raises the hackles on one's neck."
“The Letters” concerns a woman named Anna who's called in for a meeting with her superior. Although everything seems to be going well, nothing is quite as it seems amid the politics and disinformation of 1930s Russia. The informal interview quickly turns into a game of cat and mouse in which the roles of hunter and hunted shift without warning. Being the last to flinch may mean the difference between life and death. Who will claim the upper hand: those who suppress the truth or those who will risk everything to liberate it?
Time Out Chicago heralded director Kimberly Senior and actors Kate Fry and Mark L. Montgomery, who "build a tantalizing tension," and the Pioneer Press added that the pair give "truly exceptional performances!"
The Chicago Reader called the play "a sharp … tense mousetrap of a production," and Make It Better magazine said the piece is "sure to be a hit for Writers' Theatre ... and beyond!"
Curtain times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. Tickets cost $35-$70, and are available at the Box Office at 376 Park Ave. in Glencoe, by calling 847-242-6000 or online at www.writerstheatre.org.
In addition, Writers’ Theatre is offering exclusive, audience enrichment events related to the making of its plays and the creative process. On Jan. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the North Shore theater is offering “The Making of ... Series,” a behind-the-scenes event that helps illustrate how the art on stage comes to life. After performances on select Wednesday evenings, Writers’ Theatre is also hosting a post-play conversation on alternate Wednesdays, which started on Dec. 5.
For information about Writers' 2012/13 Season sponsor and restaurant partner, visit writerstheatre.org/visitus.
For more information about Writers’ Theatre, call 847-242-6000 or view the North Shore theater on the Web at www.writerstheatre.org, on Facebook or on Twitter at Twitter.com/WritersTheatre. Writers’ Theatre is located at 376 Park Ave. in Glencoe.
About Writers’ Theatre
Over the past 20 seasons, Writers' Theatre has become a major Chicagoland cultural destination for plays with a national reputation for excellence. Under the artistic leadership of Michael Halberstam and the executive leadership of Kathryn M. Lipuma, Writers' Theatre has been deemed the "best drama company in the nation" by the Wall Street Journal and achieved 20 years of surplus operations. The company, which plays to a sold-out and discerning audience of 35,000 patrons each season, has garnered critical praise for the consistently high quality and intimacy of its artistry.
In July 2011, Writers' Theatre announced the hiring of the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by principle Jeanne Gang, FAIA to design a new home for the theater in downtown Glencoe. This will once again allow the theater to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility will resonate with and complement the theater's neighboring Glencoe community, and will add tremendous value to Chicagoland and the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.