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Actors Michaela Petro and Sam Guinan-Nyhart in The Sweeter Option.

The Sweeter Option

Photo credit: Jon Cole Media



Season 27

Feb 13, 2015–Mar 23, 2015

3829 N. Broadway

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.

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


Matt Farrabee

as Cyril

Rudy Galvan

as Pete

Sam Guinan-Nyhart

as Tucker

Michaela Petro.

Michaela Petro*

as Irene

Sarah Price

as Joy

Emily Tate

as Carolyn

Jamie Vann.

Jamie Vann*

as Mac

Jonathan Beal

as u/s Tucker and Mac

Matthew Dealy

as u/s Pete and Cyril

Amy Geist

as u/s Irene and Carolyn

Jill Karrenbrock

as u/s Joy

Creative Team

John Henry Roberts*

Marti Lyons

Cody Spellman
Assistant Director

Joanna Iwanicka
Set Design

Jordan Kardasz*
Light Design

Kristy Hall
Costume Design

Amanda Herrmann
Props Design

Heath Hays*
Sound Design

Ryan Borque
Fight Choreographer

Carmine Grisolia*
Technical Direction

Joseph E. M. Pindelski

Lindsey Miller
Stage Manager

Kristof Janezic
Master Electrician

Ellen Willett
Production Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member