Poignant and Funny Fifth of July Looks at a Family's Disillusionment After Vietnam
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Few Broadway musicals are more beloved than The Sound of Music, and now you can see it live in a production by Lyric Opera of Chicago, with Hollywood star Billy Zane stepping into the role of Captain von Trapp. It's the story of Maria, an aspiring nun who takes a job as governess to the widowed Captain von Trapp's seven children. As she gradually earns the heart of the family -- and their father -- the von Trapps are threatened by the rise of the Nazis, and must figure out how to escape Austria. "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "The Lonely Goatherd" and the soaring title song are just a few of the unforgettable melodies in this classic work of musical theater. The cast includes opera stars Christine Brewer and Elizabeth Futral, Jenn Gambatese of Broadway's Wicked and All Shook Up, and Edward Hibbert of Frasier. Learn More
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The play seemed to drag on. I thought the effects of Vietnam would be a major part of the plot line. I was searching for a point to all the dialouge. We left after the first act because we were being attacked by mosquitoes. I had about 10 bites afterwards and my boyfriend had 20 (literally). I strongly suggest putting on anti-repellent spray and taking a bug-repellent candle if you go to this theatre. The crowd is small and seems to be mainly locals. The theatre itself is quaint and drew about 25-30 people on Saturday evening. There are quite a few places to pick up dinner from on the way to the theatre if you intend to picnic.
The sequel to Wilson’s acclaimed Talley’s Folly, which was produced by Festival Theatre in 2007. Set in rural Missouri in 1977, it revolves around the Talley family and their friends, and focuses on the disillusionment with America in the wake of an unpopular war. At once poignent and marvelously funny, Fifth of July is a compassionate portrait of a generation trying to decide whether to abandon their past or find the courage to cope with it and to begin anew. In 1978 Fifth of July was nominated for the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best new play and the Tony Award for Best Play.