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Connie and Tristan in The Effect.

The Effect

Photo credit: Jon Cole

By Lucy Prebble

Directed by Elly Green

Season 32

Oct 13, 2019–Nov 23, 2019

1802 W Berenice Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Hearts pounding, thoughts racing, and sleepless nights. Connie and Tristan are falling in love – or are they? Stuck in a clinical trial for an antidepressant, it’s hard to know what is love and what is the drug. 

As the trial’s supervising doctors untangle this relationship, everyone involved has to question what they know.

★★★ Planning a date? …If you want a really interesting evening, take em to director Elly Green’s sexy production of The Effect’ at the Strawdog Theatre.”
Chicago Tribune

A Best Plays in Chicago pick. Elly Green gets incisive performances from all four of her actors.”
Picture This Post

A thrilling challenge to the questions of body, brain, and soul at a time when pharmaceuticals are the first line approach to discomfort… the result is so smart the evening provokes as much as it entertains, all woven around the essential human question: what is love?”

★★★★ The relationship between these young people is played to perfection and director Elly Green has brought the emotions to a sizzling boil… you will have a lot to talk about on the ride home.”
Around The Town Chicago

★★★1/2 Intelligent and sharply written… a highly watchable show.”
Third Coast Review

Elly Green’s cast and the production team have crafted an important performance that leaves a lasting impression.”
Chicago Reader

Creative Team

Elly Green*

Kamille Dawkins*
Assistant Director

Paul Cook*
Production Manager

Yeaji Kim
Set and Projections Designer

Claire Chrzan*
Lighting Designer

John Kelly*
Lighting Designer

Leah Hummel
Costume Designer

Isaac Mandel
Sound Designer

Hillarie Shockley
Props Designer

Tristin Hall
Violence and Intimacy Designer

Madeline M. Scott
Stage Manager

Alyssa Maldonado
Assistant Stage Manager

Manny Ortiz
Technical Director

Shelbi Arndt
Master Electrician

Zhanna Albertini

Al Herrmann

Kelly Levander

Shane Richlen

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member