World Premiere of Ivywild: The True Tall Tales of Bathhouse John
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The last date listed for Ivywild: The True Tall Tales of Bathhouse John was Sunday June 16, 2013 / 3:00pm.
Currently at Chopin Theatre Mainstage:
- Full Price:
- $35.00 - $45.00
- Our Price:
- $20.00 - $31.50
The House Theatre of Chicago's The Nutcracker is a fantastical deconstruction of E.T.A. Hoffmann's time-honored holiday story, with lots of humor and heart -- and no ballet. This fresh theatrical interpretation centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker given to her by her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer, she'll bravely fight the Rat King to save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song and spellbinding imagery to tell a heartwarming story of love, loss and hope. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Bob Armstrong
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Incredible visual and sonic feast in telling part of Chicago-related history. Would help to read the program's timeline of the actual, concrete facts in the lives of Bathhouse John et al, but once the audience gets used to the fantasy format we understand the show well. Funny, educational, well-performed and with a sense of the period of these things that we get when we see old photographs.
It was refreshing that this show had a clearly defined audience seating space, and that most of the audience could just sit and watch the show for ninety minutes (take a good thorough bathroom break beforehand because there's no intermission). I hope that Hypocrites will continue their tradition of involving the audience, but sometimes it's good to make concessions to the audience also.
Be aware that it's not on the Mainstage as it says on the web page, rather in the downstairs house as usual.
Ivywild stars Kurt Chiang (The NeoFuturists), Anthony Courser (Burning Bluebeard at The NeoFuturists, Barrel of Monkeys), The Hypocrites company member Tien Doman (The Fall of the House of Usher, Romeo Juliet, Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses), Jay Torrence (Burning Bluebeard, Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck) and Ryan Walters (Six Characters in Search of an Author, former artistic director of The NeoFuturists).
About the Ticket Supplier: The Hypocrites
Their mission, which is ever-evolving to adapt to the growth of their organization, is to make a Theater of Honesty. They define a Theater of Honesty chiefly through two elements of their work: performance and presentation. In performance, their actors shall employ a genuine emotional vulnerability, rather than manufacturing a disconnected, intellectual version of emotion. In presentation, they shall acknowledge their presence in a theater and embrace high theatricality. Through this balance of an unyielding emotional honesty and accepting a concept of "play," they seek to strengthen the connection between artist and audience, enriching their audience's imaginative experience. Ultimately, they aim, perhaps somewhat naively, to spread understanding within society, thereby minimizing cruelty