Freud's Last Session: Hit Off-Broadway Drama Comes to Chicago
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Broadway's Into the Woods combines a Tony-winning score by Stephen Sondheim with the iconic stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack (the giant killer) -- cleverly turning the fairy tale world on its head to deliver a deeper message about the nature of greed and whether "happily ever after" is even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant their wish, sending them on an eventful journey, where they encounter several familiar characters. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards, including a trio of Tonys. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy, and a movie is now in production for a Christmas 2014 release with an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and more. Learn More
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Excellent show, especially if you're interested in themes of faith, mortality and relationships. Both performances were extremely strong. While much of the material was intense, both characters felt human; Freud because of his battle with cancer and Lewis because of his flashbacks to WWI. The show is fairly short (~85 minutes), and I would have been happy with 15 more minutes, especially if it was spent exploring each characters feelings about war.
I'd recommend (re)reading the Wikipedia entries on Freud and Lewis before going if you want to follow along with all of the references.
Freud's Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites a young, little-known professor, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda.
About the Playwright: Mark St. Germain
Mark has written the plays Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award), Out of Gas on Lover's Leap and Forgiving Typhoid Mary (Time Magazine's "Year's Ten Best"). With Randy Courts, he has written the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, winner of an AT&T "New Plays For the Nineties Award" and Jack's Holiday at Playwrights Horizons. Mark's musical, Stand By Your Man, The Tammy Wynette Story was created for Nashville's Ryman Theater. Television credits include Writer and Creative Consultant for The Cosby Show. He co-wrote the screenplay for Carroll Ballard's Warner Brothers film, Duma. Mark directed and co-produced the upcoming documentary, My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story, featuring Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Lasse Hallstrom, Isaac Mizrahi, Edward Albee and many others.
The show is recommended for those ages 13 and older and runs 85 minutes with no intermission.