Death Tax

Death Tax

“★★★★… continually surprising, morbidly funny” – Time Out Chicago

“Provocative…whip-smart…You really can’t ask for anything more.” – Chicago Sun-Times

“darkly hilarious” – Chicago Reader

“a deliciously suspenseful mess of ethical dilemmas” – Newcity Stage

“a lean, provocative drama” – Daily Herald

How much would you pay to stay alive?  As her health deteriorates, Maxine is convinced her daughter is paying Nurse Tina to “nudge” her into the grave before the new estate tax become law. So Maxine proposes a deal of her own, and the wild ride begins, delivering us, as the title suggests, straight to the intersection of America’s two inevitables.  Darkly comedic, treacherously suspenseful, engaging and provocative.


Written by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman

Featuring Ensemble members J. Nicole Brooks and Raymond Fox, Artistic Associate Louise Lamson and Tony Award-winner Deanna Dunagan


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Dates September 2 - October 12, 2014

Venue Water Tower Water Works

Running Time Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission

Death Tax contains adult language and is not recommended for young children.

For audience and actor safety, there is NO LATE SEATING for this production. We recommend planning to arrive about 15 minutes before show time, especially if you need to pick up your tickets at will call.

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