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54 Star Starred
Theater Wit
1229 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60640
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Goldstar Member
Free parking is available behind Cooper's right across the street!
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Casual attire, jeans are fine.
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Goldstar Member
There are beverages available at the venue. A few sweets.
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Reynold Wolter
Lot filled by the time we arrived. I went a block East and found on street parking.
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4.6 average rating
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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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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... continued

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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

Creating theatre that incorporates the arts as a whole -- Art for art's sake.

To challenge convention through literary originality and eclectic expression while fostering an ever-evolving artistic environment in which people are inspired to learn, think, dream, and feel. To teach others and ourselves how to expand, create, and present art through theatre while reveling not only in the process, but also in the journey.

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.

The Four Basic Principles of the Bohemian represent their core values:

Truth -- That which is at the core of all things good and soulful
Beauty -- The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. -Aristotle
Freedom -- Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. -Camus
Love -- Life in abundance comes only through great love.