by John Henry Roberts
directed by Marti Lyons
Season 27 | 100th production
February 13—March 23, 2015
The Sweeter Option … will be thrilling to all. At 80 minutes with no intermission the production flies by …
— Chicago Stage Standard
Strawdog's 100th production is a fun, sexy noir ride …
— Time Out Chicago
… grabs our attention and keeps us riveted in anticipation of each sudden reversal.
— Windy City Times
Playwright John Henry Roberts instantly hooks me to his pulpy noir. And for the next tight eighty minutes, he reels me in hook, line and sinker. … razor-sharp dialogue … Lyons masterfully keeps the story edgy and stylized … The Sweeter Option is riveting from lights up and way past black out. If I had to sum up the experience in one word, I'd go with "Whoa!"
— The Fourth Walsh

Strawdog celebrates our 100th production with a World Premiere by Ensemble Member John Henry Roberts. A low-rent investigator named Tucker tracks a stolen rent-a-car and stumbles neck-deep into an embezzlement scheme gone sour. There's enough cash up for grabs to finance a whole new life, but the only way to it is through Irene Pike, a suburban housewife who is clearly more than she lets on. But what, exactly? A fast-paced and darkly funny psychological thriller set in 1971 Chicagoland, directed by Lookingglass Theatre's Marti Lyons, who helmed Haven Theatre's hit production of Seminar and The Gift Theatre's Mine.

Jonathan Beal
u/s Tucker and Mac
Matthew Dealy
u/s Pete and Cyril
Matt Farabee
Rudy Galvan
Amy Geist
u/s Irene and Carolyn
Sam Guinan-Nyhart
Jill Karrenbrock
U/S (Joy)
Sarah Price
Emily Tate
Marti Lyons
Assistant Director
Cody Spellman
Set Design
Joanna Iwanicka
Light Design
Costume Design
Kristy Hall
Props Design
Amanda Herrmann
Sound Design
Fight Choreographer
Ryan Borque
Technical Direction
Joseph E. M. Pindelski
Stage Manager
Lindsey Miller
Master Electrician
Kristof Janezic
Production Manager
Ellen Willett
* = Strawdog company member
Photography by Jon Cole Media
Production photo by Chris Ocken
Photo by KBH Media
Photo by Donald Cardiff
Photo by John Flak
Photo by Dave Brennan
Photo by Heath Hays
Production photo by TCMcG Photography