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Ivywild: The True Tall Tales of Bathhouse John Reviews

Chopin Theatre Mainstage (Chicago, IL)

Reviews & Ratings

34 ratings
3.9 average rating
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31 reviews
2 stars
attended May 05 2013

It was very creative and the performers were good (especially Princess), but whether it was me or the performance, it kind of left me cold.

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2 reviews
2 stars
attended May 31 2013

Very unique and entertaining! The performers did an amazing job portraying each of the characters. It was fun to learn about Bathhouse John and Ivywild. A great fun evening out!

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1 review
7 stars
attended May 05 2013

I loved everything about this. The acting was superb. The staging was magical. The theater was lovely -- small but ever so charming. The play itself was amazingly performed -- these are top notch actors. If you go, sit in one of the "reserved"...continued

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75 reviews
13 stars
attended May 25 2013

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...continued

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44 reviews
6 stars
attended May 02 2013

Theater of the absurd, bizarre, loud, annoying. Save yourself a trip. Stay home and read a good book.

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22 reviews
0 stars
attended May 12 2013

The show was a lot of fun. The performances were excellent and imaginative. The show just seemed to be a fantasy containing some facts about Coughlin and Kenna and their role in Chicago history. I don't think I learned much about them, Ivywild, or...continued

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9 reviews
4 stars
attended May 01 2013

Strange and charming, beautifully performed! Be a little afraid if the stage manager tries to encourage you into being an audience participant as it may involve some fast laps around the stage in a wheelchair and being covered in silly string

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8 reviews
2 stars
attended Jun 02 2013

Very unusual production featured clever use of their space and wonderful correography. The story line was a bit confusing, despite the provided timeline, but what the heck - it was very enjoyable!

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7 reviews
5 stars
attended Jun 15 2013

No content--great acting as always. But get a play doctor!

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6 reviews
1 stars
attended May 11 2013

I loved this show. Staging was effective,lighting was outstanding. The acting was good, especially Princess. There are some very funny parts, the entire
Show is very engaging. Several members of our party had not read a notes or the timeline...continued

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6 reviews
4 stars
attended May 24 2013

This show had a lot of potential but fell flat. The set is fantastic, the performers are talented, but the narrative didn't hold up and show felt dragged on.I'll see another show here because I appreciate the risk taking, I just wouldn't recommend...continued

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5 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 14 2013

Having seen other plays at the Chopin Theater, we were disappointed with this one. Bizarre, random, hard to follow -- just a few words to describe this play. The beginning moved well, was funny and easy to engage. The second half dragged and we...continued

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5 reviews
47 stars
attended May 03 2013

I like this theatre (Chopin) and every time I've gone, they have always been well-organized and had my tickets/name ready to go so no issues there. This play was a bit odd. An elephant in a tutu, a lady on a swing with tuberculosis, and on and...continued

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4 reviews
0 stars
attended May 10 2013

Loved the characters, loved the set, loved the audience participation, the actors were wonderful . . . but. It was hard to follow or understand the story line. We LOVED the book, so we know the characters, but we weren't sure if the whole story...continued

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4 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 15 2013

While learning about Chicago history was interesting, I found the style of presentation to be particularly annoying. It was clear that the individual cast members were talented performers, but the style of presentation was silly and loud. The use...continued

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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Jun 02 2013

If you like Fellini, you'll like this production. The set, costumes, and performances were all evocative of one of the master's films. Very cleverly done. We enjoyed it.

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3 reviews
3 stars
attended May 01 2013

This is my second visit to the Chopin Theater, a very quirky place. It appears to be something in between community theater and the pros. The play was well performed and the special effects were quite impressive. However, I do think this is one...continued

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2 reviews
2 stars
attended May 11 2013

It is difficult to categorize this highly engaging and intimate original piece. Suffice to say that it is one well-written and well-executed testaments to the human obsession with amusement, and a fun and fantastic peek into a brief historical...continued

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2 stars
attended May 01 2013

A beautiful play. I walked in not knowing anything about it, other than the connection with Chicago history. I expected something dry but interesting, and was completely taken by surprise. The playwright, Jay Torrence, uses physicality and...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended May 12 2013

An amazing production! We really enjoyed it!

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