Season 34


a Chicago premiere
by Nina Raine
directed by Elly Green

April 20 –May 26, 2013

Previews: 4/20 and 4/23 @ 8pm
4/21 @ 3pm
: Wednesday, April 24th @ 8pm
Regular Run:Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm

 photo by Joe Schermoly

It’s Bella’s twenty-ninth birthday party: a wild night at the bar where friends can’t stand each other, ex-lovers can’t let go, and only one person knows the birthday girl’s father is dying. Nina Raine’s Rabbit is a brutally funny, surprisingly poignant look at how men and women see each other and relate in a world where nobody knows the rules anymore.


Bella: Kate Black-Spence*
: Sean Sinitski
Emily: Melanie Derleth*
Tom: Nicholas Harazin
Richard: Dennis Grimes
Sandy: Dana Black


*Stage Left Ensemble Member                              


Production Team:

Stage Manager: Shane Goldbaum-Unger
Production Manager: Kristin Steele
Scenic Designer: Joe Schermoly
Lighting Designer: Mac Vaughey
Costume Designer: Brenda Winstead
Props Designer: Shannon Kirkpatrick
Sound Designer: Adam Smith*
Dialect Coach: Jason Fleece*
Assistant Lighting Designer: Emma Deane
Graphic Design: Seam Studios
Dramaturg: Zev Valancy*
Johnny Knight 

The designation of “Jeff Recommended” is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.


“… one shrewd piece of theatrical writing… Elly Green, whose casting here was deft and whose direction is fast-paced, exciting, unstinting and, well, a jolly good match for the piece…   this is certainly the slickest and most commercial production I think I’ve ever seen during my long history of watching the work of the Stage Left Theatre Company. The performances from Sean Sinitski, Melanie Derleth, Nicholas Harazin, Dennis Grimes and Dana Black come with a delicious verbosity and, in the case of Black-Spence as the leading character and apparent authorial voice, just enough fragility that she engenders a bit of sympathy. ”  Three Stars (our of four) -Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“…graced with sharp, witty dialogue and some genuinely provocative ideas about modern expectations of women and men—particularly how women relate to other women both in the workplace and on the prowl…. the terrific ensemble and bracing honesty of her characters’ arguments make Rabbit worth hopping to.” -Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago

” a zestfully acted Stage Left production… The fine cast deftly captures the way personal cruelty has become a substitute for connection in this bitter, competitive, status-conscious little corner of British society. RECOMMENDED.” -Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“… fun and smart and overtly bitchy… the revelation of the show is Dana Black, a force of nature who thankfully knows how to share. RECOMMENDED” — Lisa Buscani, NewCity

“the snarky sparring is entertaining… especially in director Elly Green’s nimble yet grounded production for Stage Left. ” -Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader

“Elly Green’s crisp staging delivers all the shock effects of Raine’s detonating dialogue, leaving, as does the author, the audience to draw its own conclusions and complete the conversation.”  – Lawrence Bommmer,  Chicago Theater Beat