Byhalia, Mississippi

JIM PARKER in Byhalia, Mississippi

World Premiere in Chicago, January 2016
Produced by The New Colony & Definition Theatre Company
Transferred to Steppenwolf Theatre Company (July 22-August 21, 2016)
Written by Evan Linder
Directed by Tyrone Phillips

“Linder and Sharpe’s chemistry is undeniable, and even in their darkest moments you find yourself rooting for them with all their flaws because they feel so inevitable together.” – Chicago Theater Beat

“The actors in “Byhalia” are all very good, most notably Linder as Jim. Each nuance of Jim’s journey-his struggle, his heartache, his reconciliation-are beautifully evident in his face and his stature.” -Edge Chicago

“Linder as Jim and Liz Sharpe as Laurel give nuanced, emotionally raw, and often humorous performances supported by an all-star cast…”  – Chicago Reader

“as Jim, Linder doubles as an actor, and brings a considerable charm and, in the play’s second half, intensity to his scenes…” – Chicago Theatre Review

…the evolution of Linder and Sharpe’s relationship [is] gut-wrenching. It’s not often you see a story of infidelity, betrayal and racial conflict told with such heart.”  –Time Out Chicago

“[Linder’s] acting is skilled and, as with Sharpe’s Laurel, you find yourself quite strikingly invested.” – Chicago Tribune

A Scene from Byhalia, Mississippi: Chicago Tribune .


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