Educating Rita: A Comedy in the Vein of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady
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Michael Urie, of Ugly Betty and Broadway fame (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), stars in this award-winning comedy about a struggling actor with a very odd job. In Buyer & Cellar Alex (Urie) works in the basement "mall" of Barbra Streisand's Malibu home, essentially selling her own collectibles back to her. When the diva descends downstairs, she and Alex form an unlikely -- and unstable -- friendship. Buyer & Cellar is a hilarious comedy about the cost of things, and more importantly, the true cost of fame. Playwright Jonathan Tolins (The Twilight of the Golds, Secrets of the Trade) reteams with Urie for this production, after working with him on his latest TV series, CBS' Partners. Learn More
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If it were available, I would rate this performance with 3.5 stars.
The theatre was charming and transportation was just as easy as the Chicago Dramatists' website described.
I enjoyed the story about the student/professor relationship, but didn't feel that Ms. White complimented Mr. Woodard's efforts. Something was amiss in their on stage relationship.
Mr. Woodard was memorable as Dr. Frank Bryant. His language, timing, appearance and overall performance was convincing as a professor of literature. I hope I have more opportunities to see him perform.
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This is a JEFF-recommended production.
“Whitney White is superb — a force of nature as she displays subtleties of class that U.S. audiences see far too rarely. The second act snaps with energy as the student becomes the teacher and the intellectual becomes the mope.” -_New City Stage. _
“White and Woodard … [are] obviously comfortable on stage together and they have a chemistry that is engaging and keeps the audience’s attention.”-_The Chicago Seen _
“… both of the players in this well directed play are wonderful character builders … [w]hile the set by Chelsea Warren is a masterful professor’s office crammed with books. Christopher Kriz’s sound and use of music adds a certain charm to the over all picture … and the costumes by Joanna Melville are extraordinary.”—_Around the Town Chicago _
“Russell’s hilariously biting examination of higher education, and the hallow pretentiousness it can lead to, comes through loud and clear.”—_Chicago Theatre Addict _
Written by Willy Russell
Directed by Richard Corley
Bored with teaching undergraduates English literature, Frank Bryant morosely reflects through a whiskey glass on his failed marriage and his attempt at becoming a poet. His world is turned upside down by the arrival of Rita, a hairdresser who has decided to find herself by taking an Open University course. Frank and Rita struggle together to find balance between her warm impulsive reactions and the cold analytical approach he so much loathes in other students and colleagues. Together they learn some hard life lessons about freedom, class and the cost of change.
About the Ticket Supplier: Shattered Globe TheatreDedicated to the philosophy of ensemble, it is the mission of Shattered Globe Theatre to dissect, challenge, and revel in the American experiment; inspire social discourse by raising questions rather than espousing philosophy; stimulate artistic growth for and broaden the perspectives of both artist and audience; and push the boundaries of excellence in ensemble theatre. To this end, Shattered Globe Theatre brings its audiences fresh renditions of classic works and premiereproductions that celebrate new voices and innovative viewpoints.
Founded in 1991, SHATTERED GLOBE THEATRE was born when a small group of Chicago theatre artists joined forces to stage a single production--Adam Langer's Backstage Pass. Inspired by the positive reception of the show and the powerful dynamic experienced in their collaboration, the actors formed Shattered Globe and took up residence in a tiny storefront at 2856 N. Halsted Street. Since that time, Shattered Globe has produced nearly 50 plays, garnering 35 Joseph Jefferson wins and the acclaim of critics and audiences alike for such productions as Judgment at Nuremberg, Coyote on a Fence, High Life, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Manchurian Candidate and, most recently, The House of Blue Leaves and Dealer's Choice. SGT presents an eclectic mix of shows that speak to our times and inspire social discourse, including world premieres by some of Chicago's most promising playwrights, Chicago premieres of works by national and international writers, and new takes on some of America's best-loved classics. The company remained in its original storefront until 1999 and is now a resident company of The Greenhouse Theater Center.