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"... about as intimate and visceral an experience as you will find in Chicago theatre ..."


Cherry Smoke

A Midwest Premiere
by James McManus

directed by
Lavina Jadhwani

November 21 -
December 19, 2010

"... compelling, powder-keg intensity ..." (CHICAGO READER)

"... smart, elegant choices ... imbue the elegiac setting with a sense of magic." (TIMEOUT CHICAGO)

"Jadhwani and movement director Michelle Milne elevate the script's frequent fight scenes into something close to literal ballet." (TIMEOUT CHICAGO)

"Recommended! ... a gorgeous, imaginative world ... [with] rich, fully formed performances." (NEWCITY)

"Highly Recommended! ... visceral, raw, sensual and violent ... a powerful love story filled with tragedy." (CHICAGOCRITIC.COM)

"... about as intimate and visceral an experience as you will find in Chicago theatre ..." (STEADSTYLECHICAGO.COM)

"Recommended! ... An experience you will remember." (AROUNDTHETOWNCHICAGO.COM)

Fish's father only taught him one thing - punch til ya can't punch no more, then keep punching. It's a strategy that's kept him alive in the alleys and in juve long after his dad dropped dead. But when he meets Cherry, a runaway with unwavering faith and a craving for magic, the stakes become more than survival. Can he stop the bleeding, or can some brokes never be fixed?

McManus captures the grinding decline of the steeltowns of his youth, channelling the frustration of an abandoned and rusted over way of life into a story both visceral and lyrical. Set in the shadows of silent smokestacks, Cherry Smoke is
a love poem written in scars and cigarette ash.

(Video production by VeryClever Media.)

Jessica London-Shields, Peter Oyloe, Emily Shain, and Dan Toot

Scott Butler (Dialects), Jesse Gaffney (Props), Sarah Gilmore (Sound), Meg Lindsey (Management), Michelle Milne (Movement), Rachel Sypniewski (Costumes), and Sally Weiss (Set/Lights)