DiHizzoner Play about Richard J. Daley Uneven, despite Great Casting

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Byline: Jack Helbig Daily Herald Correspondent


out of four

Location: Prop Thtr, 3502-4 N. Elston Ave, Chicago

Times: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; open run

Running time: About two hours, with intermission

Parking: Free on the street

Tickets: $25 to $50

Box office: (773) 539-7838

Rating: Some rough language makes this unsuitable for children

Some biographical dramas sprawl, as the writer scrambles to cram just a little more in. Other biodramas close in on themselves, recreating on stage a tight little world.

Neil Giuntoli's "Hizzoner," a play about the late great Richard J. Daley, which opened its world premiere production over the weekend at the Prop Thtr, is both too large and too small.

On the one hand, most action in this play takes place in the confines of Daley's city hall. On the other hand, Giuntoli attempts to cover so many important national events, including the war in Vietnam, Robert Kennedy's assassination, the riots after the King assassination, and the 1968 Democratic Convention that he gives them all short shrift. …