Category: Nice Press

Courier-Journal Review: Fun trumps in ‘Pinafore’ at Actors

By Elizabeth Kramer During the last Louisville visit in 2014, The Hypocrites gave audiences their rendition of “The Pirates of Penzance” replete with colorful beach-themed trimmings. Less than two years later, the Chicago-based troupe is back at Actors Theatre of Louisville with “H.M.S. Pinafore” – another adaptation from the Victorian era’s great theatrical creators W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. With this… Read more →

Chicago Tonight: Hypocrites’ 12-Hour Play ‘All Our Tragic’ Nets Six Jeff Awards

By Chloe Riley The math was good for “The Hypocrites” at Monday’s Jeff Awards: the company’s 12-hour play took home a whopping six awards. “All Our Tragic,” The Hypocrites’ salute to all things Greek tragedy, walked away with six “Jeffs” at the Joseph Jefferson Awards–a committee-driven awards ceremony that basically amounts to the local Tonys. The awards honored best ensemble, best… Read more →

TimeOut Chicago Review: All Our Tragic

BY: KRIS VIRE Sean Graney’s monster mash-up of every extant Greek tragedy remains more than worth half your weekend. The best play and most unique theatrical experience of 2014 returns in a remount that’s somewhat streamlined but has lost none of its incredible power. Yes, the Hypocrites’ mash-up of all 32 surviving Greek tragedies into one unwinding story still takes… Read more →


By Hedy Weiss In the lobby of the Den Theatre, where The Hypocrites theater company is now performing a revised, handsomely remounted edition of its widely acclaimed 2014 production “All Our Tragic,” you will find copies of the full script of director Sean Graney’s awe-inspiring 12-hour adaptation of all 32 of the surviving ancient Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. Each volume has the… Read more →

American Theater: The Real Story Behind Sean Graney’s Return to the Hypocrites

The director left the company he founded to pursue his own muse. But he’s since learned that theatre is about community, and leadership is about service. Oh—and he had some time and money on his hands. BY ROB WEINERT-KENDT CHICAGO: The Hypocrites’ founding artistic director, Sean Graney, announced this week that he’ll return to the helm of the company after just three years away,… Read more →

Pioneer Press: ‘Busytown’ director’s core belief, Treat kids like people

By Chris Hewitt   Kasono Mwanza and Reed Sigmund in “Busytown” at the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis. (Dan Norman) On the table where Sean Graney sat during a Children’s Theatre Company rehearsal of “Busytown the Musical” about a month ago were 12 shiny red apples, arranged in two tidy rows in front of him. These were the anti-cranky apples.… Read more →