Educating Rita: A Comedy in the Vein of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady
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The last date listed for Educating Rita was Sunday July 31, 2011 / 3:00pm.
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Holly A. Rumpel
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If it were available, I would rate this performance with 3.5 stars.
The theatre was charming and transportation was just as easy as the Chicago Dramatists' website described.
I enjoyed the story about the student/professor relationship, but didn't feel that Ms. White complimented Mr. Woodard's efforts. Something was amiss in their on stage relationship.
Mr. Woodard was memorable as Dr. Frank Bryant. His language, timing, appearance and overall performance was convincing as a professor of literature. I hope I have more opportunities to see him perform.
Quotes & Highlights
This is a JEFF-recommended production.
“Whitney White is superb — a force of nature as she displays subtleties of class that U.S. audiences see far too rarely. The second act snaps with energy as the student becomes the teacher and the intellectual becomes the mope.” -_New City Stage. _
“White and Woodard … [are] obviously comfortable on stage together and they have a chemistry that is engaging and keeps the audience’s attention.”-_The Chicago Seen _
“… both of the players in this well directed play are wonderful character builders … [w]hile the set by Chelsea Warren is a masterful professor’s office crammed with books. Christopher Kriz’s sound and use of music adds a certain charm to the over all picture … and the costumes by Joanna Melville are extraordinary.”—_Around the Town Chicago _
“Russell’s hilariously biting examination of higher education, and the hallow pretentiousness it can lead to, comes through loud and clear.”—_Chicago Theatre Addict _
Written by Willy Russell
Directed by Richard Corley
Bored with teaching undergraduates English literature, Frank Bryant morosely reflects through a whiskey glass on his failed marriage and his attempt at becoming a poet. His world is turned upside down by the arrival of Rita, a hairdresser who has decided to find herself by taking an Open University course. Frank and Rita struggle together to find balance between her warm impulsive reactions and the cold analytical approach he so much loathes in other students and colleagues. Together they learn some hard life lessons about freedom, class and the cost of change.