The Naked King: Whimsical Political Mash-Up of Three Hans Christian Andersen Tales
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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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The Naked King was so random in story line and insulting to the audiences intelligence that I left in the middle of the performance. Over acted and painfully slow in pace the only thing I was impressed by was the actors' ability to memorize and regurgitate such a dreadful script. The word "amateur" comes to mind as the adjective for this "mash-up" of tales by Hans Christian Anderson. Pray that there's enough room in his grave to turn in.
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The actors were all marvelous! I was almost dizzy as they performed in many, many different roles and were never out of character. The script wasn't my favorite and the story a little light but it was a fun night. Not your normal play.
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Who says that fairy tales are for children only? Can the belief that love and honesty just might conquer all be held only by the youngest of us? The Naked King joyfully affirms the opposite. The calamities in the world are no match for the wit, ingenuity and love the characters in this play use as their weapons.
The plot charts the engaging journey of a swineherd, who falls in love with a princess and is sent into exile by her disapproving father. In the next kingdom, he discovers a monarch who has not been entirely honest with his people (does that ever happen in real life?). This whimsical and entertaining cocktail of three Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, The Swineherd, The Princess and the Pea and The Emperor's New Clothes, has some other tasty, original ingredients.