American Utopias: Monologist Mike Daisey on Iconic American Spaces
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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Great monologue and very thought provoking. I liked the comparison of Burning Man, Walt Disney and Zucotti Park and how he kept looping back around through these topics. The ending was surprising and a perfect end. Possibly a bit long. It would have been better for the show to start at 7 rather than 8pm.
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Mike Daisey once again spins unrelated stories into an integrated whole, and leaves you much to ponder. One man sitting on a stage, mesmerizing 240 people for more than two hours, no intermission. Be sure to hurry up out to get the end of the show!
Quotes & Highlights
- “Enthralling and supremely theatrical … incomparable comic verve." <em>-- Chicago Sun-Times</em>
- "Vivid, hilarious, raunchy, and at times profound." <em>--Boston Globe</em>
- <em> </em> “Superb … Mike Daisey is a keen cultural observer with a ruthless streak.” <em>--Chicago Tribune</em>
- “Masterful and bombastically funny ... a voluble and valuable raconteur.” <em> --Time Out Chicago</em>
This show is recommended for those ages 14 and older.
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