Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?: Award-Winning Play at Greenhouse Theater Center
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American Blues Theater presents a live radio-style performance of Frank Capra's holiday masterpiece on stage at Greenhouse Theater Center. This has been a holiday tradition in Chicago since 2002, and this year's performance once again features the original director and ensemble that have warmed hearts for many holiday seasons. Complete with live sound effects, an original score and a cast of eight wonderful actors who bring the typical small town of Bedford Falls to life on stage, It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! recreates a 1940s-era radio broadcast of the heartwarming tale of troubled George Bailey's Christmas Eve journey through his life history. The production includes holiday carols, live commercials from actual local sponsors, telegrams from the audience read on stage and a "Soldier Spotlight," which honors one serviceman or servicewoman during each performance. After the show, the entire audience is invited to join the cast and crew for milk and cookies. Learn More
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This is one of my all-time favorite plays and I regret to say that I was extremely disappointed with this particular production. All of the actors were OVERactors and although this piece is dramatic, everything should flow and evolve naturally- NOT the case for this production. The lead actor is obviously more comfortable with classical or period pieces and you can see this in his stature and with his speech- NOT fitting for this modern production. The son was absolutely unbelievable in his emotional expression and the leading female had awkward movements and vocal patterns. The worst part was the ending- the stage directions that are CLEARLY written in the script were ignored (a blanket...really?) and therefore that one last look or feel of this modern Greed Tragedy is lost--- well, I think it was lost hours before with our first taste of extreme overacting.
All of that aside, the script is absolutely wonderful and although I had to block out most of their expressions, movements etc, I did enjoy the exchange of dialogue- this script is beautifully written-- seriously one of the best pieces of modern literature out there.
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I guess Albee is crazy. My wife and I both enjoyed the play. Dialog is fantastic. Remy Bumppo's regulars were very good. Small setting worked great. Be prepared for profanity and, lets call it a frank discussion about alternative sex.
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Martin is the envy of men, enjoying a hugely successful career, fulfilling marriage and well-adjusted teen-age son. But just after his 50th birthday, he boils over, confessing a love affair that confounds him and shocks his family. Unwilling to give up, his wife Stevie drags every detail onto the living room floor.
As their world shatters, the family presses on, battling for the Martin they love. From the acclaimed author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, this 2002 Tony Award-Winning Best Play asks where love places the limits of forgiveness. Albee’s razor wit tears open taboos and brings laughs and levity to this intimate drama.
Directed by James Bohnen
Featuring Artistic Associates Annabel Armour and Nick Sandys