Family Drama Plays Out Against Chicago Backdrop in A Twist of Water
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The last date listed for A Twist of Water was Sunday June 26, 2011 / 4:00pm.
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Your whole family will enjoy this heartwarming story of the first Christmas Tree Ship and the people who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the holiday spirit. Based on the shipwrecked Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Schooner is a powerful, moving story with an exquisite score by Chicago favorites John Reeger (book), and Julie Shannon (music and lyrics). The musical has entertained audiences for hundreds of productions, including a 12-year run at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Set in the late 19th century, this holiday musical tells the song and dance-filled story of a close-knit group of German immigrants who receive a message from a Chicago-based cousin lamenting the lack of traditional Christmas trees. A shipping captain and his crew then undertake a risky late-season journey across the notoriously violent Lake Michigan to deliver the precious timber to the city, carrying with them a full cargo of holiday hope and joy. Learn More
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While the sparse set and initial 15 minutes of the play made it difficult to predict its final impact, it warmed and grew and deepened, drawing everyone into its emotional depths, being acted with delicate, totally believable nuance.
Having it partly woven around Chicago was a plus.
Written by Caitlin Montanye Parrish and Erica Weiss
Directed by Erica Weiss
Starring Stef Tovar as Noah
A tribute to beloved Chicago and its unique history, Route 66 Theater Company's production of A Twist of Water is a deeply funny and profoundly touching story of fathers and daughters, and what it means to be a family.
A Twist Of Water has received glowing reviews from Chicago's critics, earning four stars from Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, who raved that the production “reaches with more passion, wisdom and lyricism towards civic definition than any Chicago work I've seen." Steve Oxman from Variety pronounced the play “meaningful and affecting.” Said Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times, “a play full of passion, purpose, intelligence...bursts of poetic writing...Stef Tovar in a fervent, soulful, first-rate performance...very well acted.” Highly recommended by Julienne Bilker of Time Out Chicago, A Twist of Water is a “smart, affecting new play.” Keith Ecker of Chicago Theatre Blog calls A Twist of Water "a contemporary masterpiece...an important play that speaks to our time...Four Stars." Mary Barnidge of the Windy City Times praises, “Erica Weiss' direction highlights the intelligence anchoring this exploration of family dynamics.”
The play also received a great deal of attention when Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel attended the production, days after winning the mayoral seat.