2860945 ivywild 041613
3.9 / 5 Rated by 34 members
Review from Bob Armstrong

Incredible visual and sonic feast in telling part of Chicago-related history. Would help to read the program's timeline of the actual, concrete facts in the lives of Bathhouse John et al, but once the audience gets used to the fantasy format we...continued

reviewed May 25 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Nadia

Theater of the absurd, bizarre, loud, annoying. Save yourself a trip. Stay home and read a good book.

reviewed May 02 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Gary Schwab

The show was a lot of fun. The performances were excellent and imaginative. The show just seemed to be a fantasy containing some facts about Coughlin and Kenna and their role in Chicago history. I don't think I learned much about them, Ivywild, or...continued

reviewed May 12 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from hmc1410

It was very creative and the performers were good (especially Princess), but whether it was me or the performance, it kind of left me cold.

reviewed May 05 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Jillian Dooley

Strange and charming, beautifully performed! Be a little afraid if the stage manager tries to encourage you into being an audience participant as it may involve some fast laps around the stage in a wheelchair and being covered in silly string

reviewed May 01 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Titus87

This show had a lot of potential but fell flat. The set is fantastic, the performers are talented, but the narrative didn't hold up and show felt dragged on.I'll see another show here because I appreciate the risk taking, I just wouldn't recommend...continued

reviewed May 24 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Bill's profile

Very unusual production featured clever use of their space and wonderful correography. The story line was a bit confusing, despite the provided timeline, but what the heck - it was very enjoyable!

reviewed Jun 02 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Betty A. Sanders

I like this theatre (Chopin) and every time I've gone, they have always been well-organized and had my tickets/name ready to go so no issues there. This play was a bit odd. An elephant in a tutu, a lady on a swing with tuberculosis, and on and...continued

reviewed May 03 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from tatiana

Having seen other plays at the Chopin Theater, we were disappointed with this one. Bizarre, random, hard to follow -- just a few words to describe this play. The beginning moved well, was funny and easy to engage. The second half dragged and we...continued

reviewed Jun 14 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

No content--great acting as always. But get a play doctor!

reviewed Jun 15 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Ellen Sanders Feliciano

I loved this show. Staging was effective,lighting was outstanding. The acting was good, especially Princess. There are some very funny parts, the entire
Show is very engaging. Several members of our party had not read a notes or the timeline...continued

reviewed May 11 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Debbie

Very unique and entertaining! The performers did an amazing job portraying each of the characters. It was fun to learn about Bathhouse John and Ivywild. A great fun evening out!

reviewed May 31 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Cathryn

This is my second visit to the Chopin Theater, a very quirky place. It appears to be something in between community theater and the pros. The play was well performed and the special effects were quite impressive. However, I do think this is one...continued

reviewed May 01 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Stephen Bures

Loved the characters, loved the set, loved the audience participation, the actors were wonderful . . . but. It was hard to follow or understand the story line. We LOVED the book, so we know the characters, but we weren't sure if the whole story...continued

reviewed May 10 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Dennis Aron

While learning about Chicago history was interesting, I found the style of presentation to be particularly annoying. It was clear that the individual cast members were talented performers, but the style of presentation was silly and loud. The use...continued

reviewed Jun 15 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from duslrich

If you like Fellini, you'll like this production. The set, costumes, and performances were all evocative of one of the master's films. Very cleverly done. We enjoyed it.

reviewed Jun 02 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from robert mcdonald

I almost let some of the reviews (Tribune, etc.) disuade me from this, but I'm glad I didn't--this is Chicago theater at it's best, wildly inventive, hilarious, poignant, with breathtaking set design (in many ways reminiscent of Jospeh Cornell's...continued

reviewed May 18 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from sueweller01

I loved everything about this. The acting was superb. The staging was magical. The theater was lovely -- small but ever so charming. The play itself was amazingly performed -- these are top notch actors. If you go, sit in one of the "reserved"...continued

reviewed May 05 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Jack Price

It is difficult to categorize this highly engaging and intimate original piece. Suffice to say that it is one well-written and well-executed testaments to the human obsession with amusement, and a fun and fantastic peek into a brief historical...continued

reviewed May 11 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from SR

A beautiful play. I walked in not knowing anything about it, other than the connection with Chicago history. I expected something dry but interesting, and was completely taken by surprise. The playwright, Jay Torrence, uses physicality and...continued

reviewed May 01 2013 report as inappropriate
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