THE MINUTES officially opened last night, 19th November at Steppenwolf Theatre.
A couple of reviews have been posted.
From Variety – click the link below to read the full review:
With his new play “The Minutes,” a simmering satire of a small-town city council meeting that evolves — or devolves — into something of a horror tale, Pulitzer-winning playwright Tracy Letts (“August: Osage County”) has written what is nearly certain to be the single work of art that best represents, but will also survive, the Trump era. Letts keeps us amused with subtle comedy about broad but still believable characters, who begin arguing about a parking spot and some lost bicycles, but ultimately reveal one truth after another, the biggest being that American politics has become a raw, ugly battle over our deepest underlying narratives. Or, as the mayor character puts it, “History is a verb.”
William Petersen (“CSI”) plays the slick-but-not-too-slimy Superba, leading a terrific cast of Chicago stage stalwarts at this Steppenwolf Theatre world premiere production, directed by Anna D. Shapiro (who also helmed “August”) and much discussed for a Spring berth on Broadway.
From the Chicago Tribune – click the link below to read the full review:
In the damp, all-American burg of Big Cherry — the setting for the new Tracy Letts play “The Minutes” — the rambling and esoteric agenda of the town council is filled with the patter of parking and pepper jelly, softball fields and suppers at the Kiwanis. The council is one of part-timers and eccentrics — a dentist, a businessperson or two, a couple of benignly wacky retirees. The gavel belongs to the white-haired wrangler, Mayor Superba, played with the utmost precision in director Anna D. Shapiro’s world premiere Steppenwolf Theatre production by William Petersen. He’s measured, procedural, casually dressed. He grew up believing in his little town. Just like songwriter Paul Simon.
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