“★★★1/2! Polished to asublime sheen…There’s endless profundity (and marvelous wit) embedded in the 100-minute drama.”
Catey SullivanChicago Sun-Times
“★★★! Very funny! Eno is a veryfascinating writer…he likes subverting the ridiculous banality of our everyday speech, teasing out the raw pain that lies underneath our verbiage.If you like marital comedies and hate them both at the same time, this is your show.”
Chris JonesChicago Tribune
“Unsettles the heart! Eno’s gift is his ability to find the heartbreak and fear, as well as the quirky comedy in all this. Director Jeremy Wechsler and his cast have tapped into the deftly conjured, fragmented, offbeat rhythms of Eno’s characters with impressive skill.”
Hedy WeissChicago Tonight
“Highly Recommended! Chockful of unexpected humor, it’s about life itself.All four actors shine, HB Ward inhabiting his role so convincingly that it didn’t seem like acting. You’ll want to keep up with these Joneses who have something essential to say to all of us.”
Leanne StarSplash Magazine
“★★★1/2! I didn’t find a single false note struck during the evening, not one moment when the play turns silly or willfully obscure. The play weaves an almost otherworldly spell.One rarely comes into the presence of a production that so effectively meshes the talents of the director, actors, playwrights, and designers.”
Dan ZeffChicagoland Theater Reviews
“Right from the get go, it’s the fast-moving wit of playwright Will Eno’s pen that charms, showcasing the infinite varieties of how we deal with the terrors of the grim reaper’s arrival. Most of all, it’s the craving for marriage and connection to help us cope that Eno’s script, the superb cast and direction bring to life. Highly Recommended!”
Amy MunicePicture This Post
“Highly Recommended! A wonderful, absurdist production that’s filled with interesting characters spouting an array of non sequiturs and wise observations and creating unexpected humor that’s tinged with an air of mystery. Magnificent!”
Colin DouglasChicago Theatre Review
“Highly Recommended!All of our lives seem like more to us, and that is the essence of Eno’s play. We are watching people who could be us dealing with difficult times as well as they can. It’s nothing earth-shattering, perhaps. Or, perhaps, in its very simplicity, it is.”
Karen TophamChicago On Stage
“Highly Recommended!The cast is loaded with talent.Reiter issuperb in the delicate divide of a devoted spouse whose long-term role of facing life as caregiver is mixed with her own uncertainty opposite Ward’s delightfully crotchity, understated performance.McKenna is a bundle of kinetic energy that covers an underlying fear of the unknown while Wiens handles the whip-smart John effortlessly, exuding a confidence tinged with his own brand of mystery and confusion.”
Ed TracyPicks In Six
“Bold, fresh! The appeal of this play is built around stylized purposefully choppy dialogue filled with non-sequiturs and thoughts that are abruptly abandoned or contradicted, often to hilarious effect.”
Shattered Globe and Theater Wit present
THE REALISTIC JONESES
January 10-March 9, 2019
By Will Eno Directed by Jeremy Wechsler A co-production with Theater Wit
“One of the 25 best American plays since Angels In America. A tender, funny, terrific new play.”
– The New York Times
Meet Bob and Jennifer Jones. And their new neighbors, John and Pony Jones. These two couples have more in common than a last name in Will Eno’s funny, quirky and compassionate look at how marriage might be both everything and not nearly enough.
Join the Joneses as they muddle through the small beauties, immense fears, and amazing moments of each day. Time is short but there are gift certificates to enjoy, tiny fireworks to light and another perfect summer evening to take for granted.
Global Perspectives post-show discussions follow each Sunday matinee performance. SPECIAL GUESTS:
Sunday, February 24: Art Nielsen, M.D. leads an onstage marriage counseling session with Bob and Jennifer Jones
Sunday, March 3: John Jenkins digs into comparisons between playwright Will Eno and Samuel Beckett
Click HERE for details.
Performances take place at Theater Wit (1229 W Belmont) where SGT is a resident company.