Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, in its Chicago Premiere
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Few Broadway musicals are more beloved than The Sound of Music, and now you can see it live in a production by Lyric Opera of Chicago, with Hollywood star Billy Zane stepping into the role of Captain von Trapp. It's the story of Maria, an aspiring nun who takes a job as governess to the widowed Captain von Trapp's seven children. As she gradually earns the heart of the family -- and their father -- the von Trapps are threatened by the rise of the Nazis, and must figure out how to escape Austria. "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "The Lonely Goatherd" and the soaring title song are just a few of the unforgettable melodies in this classic work of musical theater. The cast includes opera stars Christine Brewer and Elizabeth Futral, Jenn Gambatese of Broadway's Wicked and All Shook Up, and Edward Hibbert of Frasier. Learn More
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If "Homelife" had not been attached to this production, it would certainly tip it into the 4-star category. I agree with many others that "Homelife" did nothing to enrich what happens in "The Zoo Story". Albee has done (and is still doing) some pretty off the wall writing - and I would still see any of it because there is always something confronting or innovative. I never would have imagined that "Homelife" would be so pedestrian, obvious, and unenlightening as to why Peter makes the choices he does later in "Zoo Story". Annabel Armour does nice work engaging with the play and her partner on stage, especially with some nice vulnerable moments toward the end. Still those moments don’t have much depth and there are none of the dark insights you'd expect from Albee. Finally, "Homelife" could never stand on its own without "Zoo Story" as anything other than a theatre exercise.
Fortunately, "The Zoo Story" is a good solid production that is well cast and designed. I won't argue with anyone who says that "Zoo Story" is not a "great" play. But nearly every moment offers surprising opportunities for the actors to rise above the mannered style of the piece and bring out the dark-complexities lurking underneath that make it the rough, unvarnished classic that it is. Marc Grapey is a natural Jerry and often finds his own intuitive rhythm and enlivens most of the play on his own until the end. On the other hand, Tom Amandes does not use the opportunity that "Homelife" might have given him to establish more dimension to Peter so that we are already intrigued with him by the time "Zoo Story" begins. The character of Peter sells "boring", but what Peter knows and shows us is that he's probably far more complex than even Peter knows. Somehow, Amandes manages to make Peter even more boring as the plays progress. While it seems that Grapey loses his grasp in the sprint to the finish of "Zoo Story", when we hear Amandes tepid cries of "Oh my God!" at the close of the play, we sadly realized that Jerry was not as successful in getting Peter to engage with him as he and we had hoped he'd be.
With all of that said, if you are a fan of “The Zoo Story”, it is worth seeing this production of a play that still touches on so many current themes – urban alienation, vulnerability, intimacy, existential choice, and male aggression.
Quotes & Highlights
“Brilliant! The work has bark and bite.” —Variety
Tom Amandes has a recurring role as Dr. Pelikan on the NBC hit series Parenthood. He’s also been in Big Love, Grey’s Anatomy, Eli Stone, Everwood, and more.
Read an interview with Edward Albee.
By Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize Winner Edward Albee
Directed by Dennis Začek
Victory Gardens Artistic Director Dennis Zacek accents his 34-year tenure with an American classic five decades in the making. A local legend and a national treasure join forces for an evening of heart-stopping theatre.
Starring Tom Amandes, Annabel Armour and Marc Grapey