DiHizzoner Play about Richard J. Daley Uneven, despite Great Casting
Helbig, Jack, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
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. …