From the Writer of Billy Elliot, a Play About the Power of Art: The Pitman Painters
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With music by ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Mamma Mia) and lyrics by Tim Rice (Evita), this musical drama involves a romantic triangle between two top players -- an American and a Russian -- and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Loosely based on the lives of chess grandmasters Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov, the rock opera plays out against the Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, with each wanting to win international tournaments for purposes of propaganda. It's an intriguing tale of romantic rivalries, cunning gamesmanship and political tensions. Time Magazine says that Chess has "one of the best rock scores ever produced." Learn More
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Great examination of our relationship to art, no matter who we are, in the core story. Good cast and staging. The only weakness comes in the final scene, in which it becomes clear the playwright really didn't know how to end the narrative and it just meanders to a flat close. But overall, worth seeing: humorous, dramatic and thought-provoking (without being heavy handed) on what "art" means.
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Compelling performance by all - Joseph P. McCarthy, R. Hamilton Wright, Christine Marie Brown, Jason Marr, Frank Lawler, Daniel Brockley, Morgan Rowe and Charles Leggett. Great staging by Kurt Beattie to engage all parts of the audience. ...continued
The show’s running time is one hour and 30 minutes and includes one intermission.
This play contains brief nudity. (“Blink and you’ll miss it,” ACT assures us.)
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