The Toughest Man In Chicago

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

one person show world premiere
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Review by STACY DYMALSKI

June 18, 2022 certified reviewer

What I liked

Many of the volatile political and cultural issues that Royko championed back in the day through his columns are still relevant today. Mitchell Bishop does a wonderful job of bringing this sad fact to our attention, without being overly-righteous or pretentious about it. The subtleties in this show are its greatest assets.

What I didn't like

Nothing at this point. I hope “The Toughest Man in Chicago” has a life beyond the Hollywood Fringe and eventually makes it way to Chicago, where the locals who really knew Royko can appreciate the long-over-due props that this show provides.

My overall impression

A topnotch portrayal of a 20th century journalistic icon, Mitchell Bishop does a fantastic job of embodying the very essence of Chicago columnist Mike Royko, to the point that you forget you’re watching a performance. On top of that, the development, writing, and pacing of this show keep you engaged from beginning to end.

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