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“Unencumbered by a strict timeline, the essence of their seven-year, bittersweet relationship dazzles from start to finish. It’s smart storytelling.” “Mr. Shoemaker’s lyrics, often extracted from Plath and Hughes’ poetry, are dense, imagistic, jarring. The music’s idiosyncrasies exemplify how impenetrably personal one couple’s relationship can be to outsiders. Yet no matter how complex they get, the songs never lose their vitality.” – Chicago Stage Standard

“Plath/Hughes is the first work I’ve seen so far at the CMTF that I can easily see being transferred to one of the dramatic storefronts in Chicago…Hopefully, this is a work that will continue to have a long life after its remaining CMTF performance.” -Chicago Critic

“Out of all of the movies and books that have been put out there, I think this is much more accurate than anything I’ve ever seen,” Mathews said. “Obviously no one knows what happens behind closed doors, but the playwright, Eric Shoemaker, talked to their family friends a lot in research for the show. We got as close to an insider’s view as possible, I think.” – Chicago Maroon

  • Recommended by Chicago Critic
  • Recommended by Chicago Stage Standard
  • 2015: Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, 2015
  • 2014: Gorilla Tango Theatre, 2015
  • 2015: FOTA UChicago, 2015
  • 2014: Rhinofest, Prop Thtr, 2014