New Dramedy Graceland at Profiles Theatre
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Lyric Opera of Chicago hits all the right notes with its upcoming season of shows. There's Don Giovanni, Capriccio, Il Trovatore, Porgy and Bess, Anna Bolena, Tosca, Tannhauser and The Passenger. Your subscription package features tickets for four specific shows -- plus a fifth ticket for any show of your choice throughout the entire eight-show season. Don Giovanni is Mozart's story of a legendary seducer whose selfish arrogance becomes ever more reckless and fatal. In Strauss' Capriccio, the beautiful countess must choose between the amorous poet or the ardent musician. Verdi's Il Trovatore is chock-full of love triangles, revenge plots, murder and children switched at birth, and as much drama as any soap opera. Jazz, blues and spirituals infuse George and Ira Gershwin's classic, Porgy and Bess. New production Anna Bolena is Donizetti's tour-de-force dramatization of the story of Anne Boleyn, the most famous of King Henry VIII's many wives. Puccini's Tosca is filled with political intrigue and includes one of the most beautiful arias in the operatic repertoire, "E lucevan le stelle," sung by Tosca's doomed lover as he awaits execution. Wagner's erotic and sensual Tannhäuser is both racy and lushly beautiful. And finally, Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger takes you aboard an ocean liner. It's not all smooth sailing, though, as the action vacillates between the pristine white deck above to the dark horrors of the death camp below. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Norman S.
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An exceptionally well acted,directed and written play set in the neighborhood,named after and
partially set in the cemetery of the same name.
It is an experience of grace in its many meanings,
secular as well as spiritual,done in a witty,intelligent way by one of the best casts
you'll ever see on stage.One feels fortunate that
Profiles is a company which chooses to produce
this script and chooses cast and director who bring
it so fully to life.90 honest minutes. No glibness,pretentiousness,obviousness or relentless
self-absorption so common,especially in film/TV.
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A real gem, both for the writing and performances. This is the most natural, moment-to-moment interaction I've seen between stage characters in quite a while. Although all are excellent, Eric Burgher, as brother Sam, is the standout here, taking...continued
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My college-senior daughter, who is majoring in theater, asked me why I thought this play was going to Broadway and others were not. I thought for a minute and then replied, "Because this play and performance does not have a false note in it."
Quotes & Highlights
“Beguiling and true and, under Matthew Miller’s pitch-perfect direction, exquisitely played.” -Chicago Sun-Times (highly recommended)
“Fairey’s drama is a must-see for anyone who follows important new plays from and about Chicago… It touched me greatly.” -Chicago Tribune (four stars)
“Graceland is precisely the kind of play that demonstrates why the Profiles Theatre has been such an essential force in the storefront theater scene during its 20-year history." —Copley News Service (four stars)
Profiles Theatre concludes its 20th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere of the acclaimed new comedy-drama _Graceland _by Ellen Fairey, directed by Matt Miller.
Chicago’s oldest cemetery is the backdrop for Graceland, the story of four lonely Chicagoans whose lives collide one August weekend while the Blue Angels airshow is in town. As fighter jets buzz the skies from dusk till dawn, estranged brother and sister Sam and Sara try to make sense of their father’s recent suicide. Sara’s one night stand with Joe, an aging lothario, brings further trouble in the form of Joe’s mercurial teenage son, Miles.
Graceland _is a World Premiere comedic drama about the loneliness of family, the tenderness of strangers and the unexpected benefits of bad decisions.
Ms. Fairey’s first full length play, Girl, 20, was named one of the “Top Ten Most Promising Plays of 2006” by the Chicago Tribune in its World Premiere production by Serendipity Theatre. The production subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where it received rave reviews and was nominated for two 2007-2008 LA Weekly Theatre Awards for Best Director (Matt Miller) and Best Ensemble.
This is the fifth and final production of Profiles Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season following its acclaimed productions of The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson, Great Falls by Lee Blessing, The Thugs by Adam Bock and Men of Tortuga by Jason Wells.
“Profiles, to me, is such a distinctly Chicago theatre company- the whole vibe, the work they do- it’s honest and tough,” says playwright Ellen Fairey. “When they told me they were interested in Graceland_, I was thrilled. What better place for a play about Chicago? Although I’ve recently moved to Los Angeles, Chicago remains my close to my heart and _Graceland is, in a way, a kind of love letter to the city that shaped the way I write plays and who I want to write plays about.”
“Ellen continued the development of _Graceland _last year with Profiles in mind, and we have watched the play grow beautifully as she has revised it throughout the season,” says Profiles Artistic Director Joe Jahraus. “This is the first time in our 20 year history that we have worked so closely with the playwright on the development of a script.”