Haunted by a history of violence and mismatched memories, estranged brothers Ray and Earl explosively reunite after the death of their desert-rat father in Sam Shepard’s play The Late Henry Moss. Drawn together by their father’s death, the brothers battle to discover the truth of their own lives as they sit watch over their father’s body. The Late Henry Moss is the culmination for Shepard of a career often focused on the complex, violent father-son dynamic. Even in death, Henry dominates the room and the relationship between Ray and Earl, who fight to the bitter end to exorcise themselves from his toxic death grip. Featuring Yadira Correa, Julian Hester, Arvin Jalandoon, Tim Musachio, Frank Nall, Jae Renfrow and David Vogel
Chicago Tribune THREE STARS!!!
Kaiser Ahmed’s staging acts the tarnation out of it. Hester, in particular, wrings every last comic possibility out of his hired-hack driver…But I found myself most mesmerized by Vogel's Earl…
TimeOut Chicago FOUR STARS!!!
Artistic Home's Chicago premiere capitalizes on [Shepard] powerfully… the burden of the production falls to the actors, who, under the direction of Kaiser Zaki Ahmed, handsomely rise to the challenge…what makes this production great: a wobbly balance of sadness, comedy and fruitless, ill-fitting aggression that irrepressibly compels.
Chicago Reader HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The whole cast wows, especially Frank Nall as the hulking Henry Moss and Julian Hester, whose meticulous choices bring fleshy life to a small-town boy from Texas
Windy City Times HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Kaiser Zaki Ahmed's direction of an ensemble exhibiting the intense subtextual focus that is this company's hallmark. Look for Arvin Jalandoon and Yadira Correa's rough-hewn angels to linger in your contemplations long after the brothers Moss have set forth…
Chicago Theatre Beat HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Frank Nall delivers a James Cromwelleqsue performance as the eccentric titular character. Go see the superbly-executed Midwest premiere of The Late Henry Moss before it’s too late.
Chicago Critic RECOMMENDED
Frank Nall was born to play the drunken Henry Moss and Vogel and Muscachio were outstanding as the troubled sons. The Late Henry Moss is a rarely produced work that showcases Shepard’s style of theater. It’ll grab you and keep you engaged throughout.
Gaper’s Block, RECOMMENDED
The Late Henry Moss deserves a caveat. It's not for the faint of heart. There are moments when you might wish you had stayed home to read a book. But as a theatrical experience, it's pure Chicago.
The Fourth Walsh RECOMMENDED
A booze-soaked force!!
JEFF NOMINATED, ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Stage Manager - Roxie Kooi
Scenic Design by Jacob Bray
Lighting Design by Scott Pilsbury
Sound Design by Thomas Dixon
Costume Design by Delia Ridenour
Properties Design by Gerri Fabri and Mary McClenahan
Graphic Design by Jen Dorman
Technical Director Dylan Jost