Celebrate Irish, Chicago History in Colorful Show Music Mad
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A white woman and an escaped slave form an unlikely but extraordinary friendship on the eve of civil war in the stirring musical drama, Dessa Rose. Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the award-winning duo behind the musical Ragtime and the new Broadway musical Rocky, the musical weaves fact and fiction as it reveals each woman's struggle for a different kind of freedom. Ruth Sutton is a white woman abandoned by her husband and living alone on an isolated farm. Dessa Rose is an escaped slave on the run from a bloody slave rebellion, with a newborn infant to protect. Desperate and with nowhere left to turn, Dessa Rose seeks refuge with Ruth. Hidden in the Alabama backwater, the two women form an uneasy alliance that ultimately transcends racial barriers. Together they find the strength to confront the world on their own terms in a journey that is sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, but always uplifting and inspiring. Learn More
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Had a enjoyable evening here, with dinner before in the bar area. The show is in the lovely dining room of Chief O'Neill's, with rows of chairs replacing the tables. A 4 piece band, dancer, and singers tell the story of Chief O'Neill and his work to notate the Irish songs he loved. This I knew about, but who knew he protected Emma Goldmann and was the first to promote a black policeman? If you want to see the feet of the step dancer, get there early and sit in the first two rows. Otherwise, any seat is good. A fine entertainment for the price of a movie.
Quotes & Highlights
- Hear a <a target="_blank" href="http://wgnradio.com/2013/10/04/the-life-and-music-of-chief-francis-oneill/ ">WGN Radio interview</a> with the show's writer, cast and musicians.
- "The tunes ... are simply fantastic." --<em>Chicago Reader</em>
- "[The] Irish sensation of the season" --<em>Chicago Tribune</em>
- "A gem of a show" --chicagocritic.com