Both Your Houses

By Maxwell Anderson
Directed by James Bohnen
October 1 – November 9, 2014

Congress puts the fun in dysfunctional.

1933. In Anderson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning satire, even a leading member admits Congress is a cauldron of “graft, special privilege, and corruption.” Strange expenditures for special interests abound. No surprise there. Enter a crusading young congressman, so straight he opposes a project in his own district, even probing his own campaign donors – long before Mr. Smith went to Washington. Our hero is on the verge of excising the pork when a key vote is suddenly reversed. But fear not – on the verge of defeat, the crusader comes up with a plan so outlandish it’s bound to save Congress from itself! Or is it?

Cast

David Darlow, Sol
Linda Gillum, Bus
Peter A. Davis, Gray
Eliza Stoughton, Marjorie
Chris Amos, Alan
Larry Baldacci, Levering
Jesse Dornan, Peebles
Scott Egleston, Mark
James Houton, Eddie
Peter Eli Johnson, Merton/Ebner
Brian Parry, Wingblatt
Joanna Riopelle, Ms. McMurtry
Noah Simon, Dell
Paul Tinsley, Farnum

 

Reviews

“The show moves much faster than any bill through Congress, thanks to Bohnen’s whip-smart direction.”
3 ½ stars
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“The timing could not be better. Nor could the play.”
– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“Remy [Bumppo] Theatre has shaped the play into a scintillating viewing experience – funny, suspenseful, sometimes insightful, and always entertaining.”
– Dan Zeff, Chicagoland Theatre Review

 

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