The Sweetest Swing in Baseball: Comedy-Drama Skewers Celebrity
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Lyric Opera of Chicago hits all the right notes with its upcoming season of shows. There's Don Giovanni, Capriccio, Il Trovatore, Porgy and Bess, Anna Bolena, Tosca, Tannhauser and The Passenger. Your subscription package features tickets for four specific shows -- plus a fifth ticket for any show of your choice throughout the entire eight-show season. Don Giovanni is Mozart's story of a legendary seducer whose selfish arrogance becomes ever more reckless and fatal. In Strauss' Capriccio, the beautiful countess must choose between the amorous poet or the ardent musician. Verdi's Il Trovatore is chock-full of love triangles, revenge plots, murder and children switched at birth, and as much drama as any soap opera. Jazz, blues and spirituals infuse George and Ira Gershwin's classic, Porgy and Bess. New production Anna Bolena is Donizetti's tour-de-force dramatization of the story of Anne Boleyn, the most famous of King Henry VIII's many wives. Puccini's Tosca is filled with political intrigue and includes one of the most beautiful arias in the operatic repertoire, "E lucevan le stelle," sung by Tosca's doomed lover as he awaits execution. Wagner's erotic and sensual Tannhäuser is both racy and lushly beautiful. And finally, Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger takes you aboard an ocean liner. It's not all smooth sailing, though, as the action vacillates between the pristine white deck above to the dark horrors of the death camp below. Learn More
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This is one of the better plays I have seen in recent memory. The title is misleading because it is not really about baseball. It is more about trying to succeed about what you love and dealing with criticism.Play has charm, wit and drama, funny...continued
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“[Gilman is] dealing with how we define one another, measure success and failure, raise celebrities up and tear them down, and create different personas to cope with all the craziness of having a public identity. The parallels the playwright draws between the artist and baseball player are always smart and amusing. You might be tempted to leave the theater chanting ‘Gil-man! Gil-man!’” —Boston Globe
Artist Dana Fielding is cracking up. Her latest exhibition is a disaster, her work isn’t selling, her boyfriend is leaving, and her paranoia is spiraling out of control. When she lands in a mental hospital, it’s a chance to rebuild her fragile sanity – until she learns that her cut-rate insurance policy will only cover a ten-day stay. How to buy more time on the inside? Simple: pretend to be someone she’s not – someone famous, someone special. Persuading the professionals that she’s crazy is the easy part. But Dana’s “alter ego” is also a troubled soul. Forced to confront the darker side of fame, rejection, and making a comeback, things take a twist that even she doesn’t anticipate.