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Hellcab's appeal remains just as mystifying now as it was in 1992


Despite the update to a female cabdriver, the script’s fundamental flaws remain unaddressed.

The reason for the popularity of Hellcab, Will Kern’s evening-length one-act set in a Chicago taxicab right before Christmas, has long eluded me. Famous Door’s original 1992 production, initially slated for 12 performances, ran for ten years, a nearly unheard-of feat for an off-Loop show. In the middle of that streak, Chicago’s New Crime Productions turned it into a movie, featuring Gillian Anderson, John Cusack, and Julianne Moore, no less.…

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