Speech and Debate - The Fiercely Funny Off-Broadway Hit
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For the first time in over 60 years, watch and listen to L. Frank Baum's unforgettable fantasy about Dorothy and her little dog Toto's magical journey over the rainbow to the land of yellow brick roads and the Emerald City as a radio play. American Theater Company's PJ Paparelli directs this unique telling -- with all the exciting scenes and enduring songs -- of one of America's most beloved movies. Families and children will enjoy this story of a girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, munchkins and flying monkeys, and befriends a lion, a tin man and a scarecrow on her quest to find her way back home. There's no place like it, after all. Learn More
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Featured review from Sonia Nahmod
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The acting by the female lead was outstanding...some of the dialogue was crisp and smart and funny...but overall, 3 teenagers who are gay and/or pregnant, and have had an abortion, are tiresome to me. I'm aware that high schools are replete with these issues, but I don't find them entertaining or informative. There should have been a warning in the reviews that these are the topics of the play.
Fresh from a popular and extended Off-Broadway run at the acclaimed Roundabout Theater in NYC, this quick-witted and timely comedy is "Ugly Betty" meets "Election.” Even though they go to the same school, misfits Solomon, Diwata and Howie have never met. But when a shocking scandal involving one of their teachers brings them together through an unexpected chain of events, they realize three voices are stronger than one. And since their school has no speech and debate squad, maybe this is their chance to be heard at last – by the school and even the world.
This is the first regional production of this show following its hit Off-Broadway run. It also marks the Chicago directorial debut of PJ Paparelli, Artistic Director of ATC and creator of Columbinus, recently seen at Raven Theatre. The show features ATC Ensemble Member Cheryl Graeff.
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American Theater Company is an ensemble of artists committed to producing new and classic American stories that ask the question: "What does it mean to be an American?" ATC provide a truly intimate home for the community to experience meaningful stories. ATC fosters a nurturing environment for artists to take risks and create essential work.