Theater Review: Our Sins, Joys Are Exposed in Rodez’s ‘The Big Funk’

Chicago – There are moments of true clarity in John Patrick Shanley’s “The Big Funk,” presented by Rodez Productions at the Red Tape Theater in Chicago. Characters who find themselves trapped in a metaphoric morass work through the issues that bind them, and expose themselves to a bigger sense of life’s intention.

Play Rating: 4.0/5.0

Shanley, most notable for his Oscar-winning screenplay of “Moonstruck” (1987) and the screen adaptation of his stageplay “Doubt” (2008), was in mid-career form when he wrote The Big Funk, first produced in 1990. Rodez Productions gives it a simple yet sumptuous rendering, capturing all the angst and exposure, while preserving its powerful message.

Soul Feeding: Paul Krick as Austin, Allie Long as Jill, Jay Reed as Omar and Tuckie White as Fifi in ‘The Big Funk’

Photo credit: Rodez Productions

The play opens by introducing the four main characters. Jill (Allie Long) is an optimist who has trouble with men,
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