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"The calvary isn't coming, darling."

Private Daniel Reeves was never good at anything but being in the army. Now he stands accused of a horrific war crime and has been disowned by the nation that recruited him. As he sits in a cell and awaits his day of judgment, time seems to expand and contract around him, while a surreal progression of lawyers, clergy and his own memories carry him deeper and deeper into his alleged crimes. Can he find any light to guide him out of the darkness, or will the weight of his past bind him down? Sideshow returns to its roots – examining Dante's Inferno with a startling and searingly relevant Chicago premiere that provides a razor-sharp look at the search for life in a place that seems made to extinguish it.

 

Approximate run time: 90 minutes, without intermission

9 Circles is recommended for mature audiences.

 

August 29 - October 6, 2013

DCASE Storefront Theater

66 East Randolph Street

 

This program is partially supported by a grant

from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

CAST

PRODUCTION TEAM

PHOTOS

PRESS

"Notably well-acted... Blistering intensity... Genuinely scary performance. Turns the city-owned Storefront Theater into quite a cauldron of rage."

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

★★★★!

"[Goetten's] multilayered performance is not to be missed."

Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

 

"Urgent... Haunting... Reader Recommended!"

Suzanne Scanlon, Chicago Reader

 

"Sublime... 9 Circles is not something we want to see. It's something we must see."

Katy Walsh, Chicago Now

 

★★★★!

"Nothing short of stunning. It's the most disturbing play I've seen all year, and one of the very best I've seen in a long, long time."

Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat

 

"A devastating, jaw-droppingly excellent production... If you love Chicago theater, you'll be a fool to miss 9 Circles."

Francis Sadac, From the Ledge

 

"A remarkable performance... It demands to be seen--and discussed."

Nancy Bishop, Gapers Block

 

"Goetten is a completely absorbing presence, realistically pulling himself apart as the last shreds of his humanity are stripped away... What is ultimately laid bare is heartrending to behold."

Clint May, Chicago Critic

 

"Spellbinding... Impossible to look away."

Corey O'Day, The Real Chicago

 

"It's an experience that will stay with you long after you've left the theatre."

Justin LeClaire, Chicago Splash

 

"Marti Lyons' crisp staging brings it home."

Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema

 

"Relentless... Andrew Goetten delivers an amazingly nuanced performance."

Carol Moore, Spotlight on Lake

by Bill Cain

directed by Marti Lyons

 

August 29 - October 6, 2013

DCASE Storefront Theater

66 East Randolph Street

 

Run time: 90 minutes, without intermission

9 Circles is recommended for mature audiences.

Private Daniel Reeves was never good at anything but being in the army. Now he stands accused of a horrific war crime and has been disowned by the nation that recruited him. As he sits in a cell and awaits his day of judgment, time seems to expand and contract around him, while a surreal progression of lawyers, clergy and his own memories carry him deeper and deeper into his alleged crimes. Can he find any light to guide him out of the darkness, or will the weight of his past bind him down? Sideshow returns to its roots – examining Dante's Inferno with a startling and searingly relevant Chicago premiere that provides a razor-sharp look at the search for life in a place that seems made to extinguish it.

 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.