Local Wonders, a Play with Music at Chicago Dramatists
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In the dark ages of the 1990s, motherhood was a blood-sport of pageantry and honor. Instead of thundering steeds, moms drove minivans. Instead of helmets and shining armor, they wore fanny packs and sported side-ponies held in place with scrunchies. And now the glorious tale of these legendary warriors is told in The Moms: Fannypackin' Heat. In a world where it's all for the kids, six parents battle to rule the school district once and for all ... or at least for the duration of the coming school year. Friendships are challenged and wine coolers are emptied in this deliriously funny play at the Chicago Dramatists Theatre. Learn More
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Featured review from Ann Fisher
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An absolute delight. I'm already rounding up a group of friends for a return visit. Just the right amount of singing vs dialog and both Anne Hills and Paul Amandes have gorgeous voices. A quiet, funny, and moving story. Perfect for the holidays.
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- "Local Wonders is a joyous composition of discovery and appreciation." —Lincoln Journal Star
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Written by Virginia Smith and Paul Amandes
Directed by Virginia Smith
In Local Wonders, real-life U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser (Paul Amandes) tells his tale through inspired stories rich in detail and memorable songs. His wife, Kathleen (Anne Hills), comments on Ted's choices (both musically and dramatically), portrays some of the cameo roles, and takes up the narration when Ted cannot.
Ted and his wife savor, and grapple with, Ted’s journey as an artist, “...like a man who has lost a hubcap and is looking for it in the high grass on both sides of the road.” Together they illuminate the longing to hold on to the slippery memories of childhood, the bittersweetness of being parents, a close observation of the natural turn of the seasons and his fistfight with growing old. A devastating writer’s block caused by a bout with cancer is vanquished, eventually, by his astonishing observation of and love for the natural world.
It's a play that takes its audience on a journey that is both universally recognizable and uniquely personal.