Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times:
Wrestling served as a galvanic metaphor in this multiethnic, verbally brilliant, politically rambunctious play that was a bravura showcase for actor Desmin Borges. A surefire hit, the plans for a New York transfer already are afoot.
From Kris Vire’s Time Out Chicago blog:
It took a fair amount of negotiating for John Beer and I to whittle down our top ten list this year. We both agreed from the first “ballot” that The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity would be number one, but between us we had nearly 30 candidates for numbers two through ten.
Chris Jones on my boy Des:
In this career-making performance as a wrestler with an interest in geopolitics, Borges developed more of a rapport with the audience this fall than any other Chicago actor in 2009. Borges narrated Kristoffer Diaz’s whip-smart new play, taking us into his confidence, cracking self-deprecating jokes, and even deftly executing some wrestling moves. It was a wry, shrewd, charming and wonderfully accessible performance. And it was one of the main reasons why New York producers are now fighting over this play. A knock-out for Borges.