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Theater Wit
1229 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60640
773-975-8150
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attended Sep 11 2010

Wonderful production with great vocals. Love the new space at Theatre Wit. Staging and production values are strong. Highly recommend this production.

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attended Sep 11 2010

The voices were great, especially the actors playing Huck and Jim. The new space affords lots of new options, but the movement of the actors from one area to another as they prepared for their entrances on stage was distracting. Overall, a very...continued

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Description

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps audiences down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. The two ride a raft down the Big River and all goes well until they pick up The King and The Duke, two scalliwags one step ahead of the law.

Good-hearted Huck insists on helping them out and only discovers his mistake when they try to rob a trusting Southern family and sell Jim. Huck struggles with his feelings over Jim’s plan to steal back his wife and children. On one hand, he sympathizes with Jim. On the other, he perceives it as stealing someone else’s “property.” Twain uses the reflections of an uneducated 12-year-old boy in 1876 as a pointed shaft at American racism.

Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life favorite characters from the novel: the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck’s partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck’s drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family.

Propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, a master of country music, _Big River’s _jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. The late Miller’s score draws from an eclectic collection of musical styles including Cajun, gospel, blues and country. The 1985 Broadway production garnered seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The poduction, directed by Peter Marston Sullivan with music direction by Nicholas Davio, kicks off Bohemian Theatre Ensemble’s new season as the resident theatre company at Theater Wit.

About the Ticket Supplier: Bohemian Theatre Ensemble

Mission:
BoHo Theatre’s mission is to create bold theatre that challenges convention through innovative storytelling and unites artist and audience in the examination of truth, beauty, freedom and love through the lens of human relationships.

Vision:
BoHo Theatre’s vision is to create a shared community of artists and patrons in which all members are moved through art to make thoughtful, well-examined, caring relationships the highest priority in their lives

Being “Bohemian”:
Bohemia is not so much a place on a map but a timeless concept that knows no geographic boundaries. The Bohemian recognizes that cherishing all aspects of art is tantamount to progression of mankind as more than just a living being.

BoHo’s values are defined by the following guiding principles:

The incorporation of the arts as a whole, including dance, music, visual art, graphic design, and other artistic disciplines.

An artistic emphasis on the importance of relationships.

Securing, maintaining, and nurturing the artist’s process.

An artistic focus on introspection.

Storytelling through innovation.

An artistic and organizational commitment to transparency.