Reviewed by Katrina Wyss
Profiles Theatre presents Hellcab.
Hellcab was a chance to ride alongside a grumpy, yet emotional driver through the streets of Chicago on Christmas Eve. Although the play introduces the audience to many charming and quirky characters portrayed amazingly by actors in just a few minutes on stage. Not many actors can be on stage three minutes and be remembered the next day, however that is exactly what the cab passengers were able to do.
The real star of the show however, was Paul Dillon returning to the role as the cab driver that he originated in 1992. From the moment he walked out onto the stage, which was appropriately a Chicago cab surrounded by a snowy street, Dillon captured the audience’s attention with not only his words but his raw emotions. It was hard to decipher where the acting left off and the real emotions and the audience was surely feeling them right along with him. As he drove character after character around Chicago we saw him get angry, cry, feel lonely, be scared to the point of sobbing and feel compassion for people that he only knew for a quick moment in time; making these connections with people that seemed as broken, yet as human as he was.
Hellcab left me wanting more; I wanted to leave the show and take a cab home just so that I could search for those same emotions in my drivers face and see if perhaps for just a moment I could make a human connection in the back seat of that car.
At Profiles Theatre, 4147 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613
Written by Will Kern
Directed by Darrell W. Cox
Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 5pm and 8pm; Sundays at 7pm
Thru January 12, 2014
For more information, visit http://www.profilestheatre.org/index.html