it ain't no fairy tale -- A Funny, Moving Play About Marriage
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The last date listed for it ain't no fairy tale was Monday August 6, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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When the Independent Shakespeare Company put on their first Free Shakespeare Festival in 2004, it… More
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Featured review from Jim McCarthyRed Velvet
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To me, the hallmark of a good one-person show is that the one-person creates the feeling of a much bigger show. This is done through dialogue, different voices, movement on the stage and other ways of making the show seem bigger.
This production is solid, but a little talky. There's an essay-like quality to big parts of the performance that would maybe be easier to follow if it were more story-like. The writing has great moments, but has other moments that are less engaging.
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Pick of the Week –LA Weekly
Critic’s Choice –Chicago Reader
Highly Recommended –_Chicago__ Tribune_
Highly Recommended –_Chicago__ Sun-Times_
Four years ago, Lusia Strus was commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre to write a solo show about love. Since it was Lusia’s first commissioned work, and it was Steppenwolf — and considering she was fast approaching her own wedding — she said yes. Lusia proceeded to interview her mother about her marriage to her husband, Lusia’s father. They met in Communist Ukraine. Their courtship was a two-week, three-date affair complete with blacklists and border control and borscht. It culminated in their wedding and a one-night honeymoon before her husband had to return to America, where he already had emigrated. They did not see each other again for four years. Their journey ended in a modest Chicago bungalow where they had three girls and made a life together until cancer took his life. It took two years for him to die, as his wife watched. Their story is one of extraordinary devotion, commitment and kindness.
Approaching her own nuptials, Lusia compared her parents’ marriage with her own hopes, recognizing that vows are not civilized despite all the taffeta and tulle we try to pretty them up with. Knowing this, and inspired by her parents’ no-frills dedication, her chances for marital survival were better than most, she felt. The show was a critical success and a sold-out-beyond-capacity hit. People cried. Then Lusia got married. The wedding was a critical success and sold-out-beyond-capacity hit. People cried. Two years passed. The divorce courtroom had six people in it. People cried.
Lusia returned to Chicago to perform it ain’t no fairy tale again, this time with a post-nuptial update, an addition to an evolving show about the differences between what we insist life promises and what it delivers. Then after an eight-month journey through Europe, she came back to the States, rewrote the second half and put the show up in L.A. The reprise of it ain’t no fairy tale proved to be another critical success and smash hit, both in Chicago and L.A.