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23 Star Starred
Chicago Dramatists Theatre
at the three-way intersection of Chicago, Milwaukee and Ogden 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
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95 reviews
31 stars
Avoid D'Augustino's pizza. It is right around the corner but service was terrible. After waiting 50 minutes for our food, it had not arrived and the server was clueless. We left without eating but did make it to the play on time.
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The weather was super cold. I wore hoddie and jacket with jeans .
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"Local Wonders"
10 ratings
4.1 average rating
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15 events
10 reviews
13 stars
attended Dec 10 2010

An absolute delight. I'm already rounding up a group of friends for a return visit. Just the right amount of singing vs dialog and both Anne Hills and Paul Amandes have gorgeous voices. A quiet, funny, and moving story. Perfect for the...continued

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79 reviews
5 stars
attended Dec 30 2010

What a beautiful and touching show! A heart-warming tribute to poetry, to the poet Ted Kooser, and to appreciating the simple pleasures in life! Highly recommended...

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74 reviews
22 stars
attended Dec 10 2010

Saw the show on opening night and went back for a second viewing of Local Wonders. Imagine going to the dentist and ending up with a visit to a pathologist! That's what happened to Ted Kooser and serves as a quiet frame for the show. The show is...continued

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Local Wonders is a joyous composition of discovery and appreciation.” —Lincoln Journal Star
Hear and view audio and video samples from Local Wonders.


Written by Virginia Smith and Paul Amandes

Directed by Virginia Smith

In Local Wonders, real-life U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser (Paul Amandes) tells his tale through inspired stories rich in detail and memorable songs. His wife, Kathleen (Anne Hills), comments on Ted’s choices (both musically and dramatically), portrays some of the cameo roles, and takes up the narration when Ted cannot.

Ted and his wife savor, and grapple with, Ted’s journey as an artist, “…like a man who has lost a hubcap and is looking for it in the high grass on both sides of the road.” Together they illuminate the longing to hold on to the slippery memories of childhood, the bittersweetness of being parents, a close observation of the natural turn of the seasons and his fistfight with growing old. A devastating writer’s block caused by a bout with cancer is vanquished, eventually, by his astonishing observation of and love for the natural world.

It’s a play that takes its audience on a journey that is both universally recognizable and uniquely personal.