The Toughest Man In Chicago

dean winkleson presents · Ages 18+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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June 08, 2022 certified reviewer
tagged as: historical · political · dramatic · funny · solo show · Chicago

What I liked

Tremendous acting chops. Obviously the writing of Mike Royco could be so biting, heartbreaking and hilarious and his words are brought to life adeptly.
I also enjoyed the use of the space and the videos were great.

What I didn't like


My overall impression

Phenomenal. From second one I was hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining piece about a journalist (Mike Royco) who reported on so many historical moments. Absolutely iconic. His words on subjects from the 1960s-90s ring just as true today. Feels timely – especially all the 1968 references. The parallels were astounding at times. The show was funny, political, sweet and sentimental. It reminded me a bit of Trumbo. (That’s a compliment!)

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