Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 / 8:00pm (Preview)Cyrano
How was your experience?
My husband and I went to the Chopin Theater for the first time to attend a preview performance of Cyrano. We enjoyed the show and found the cast to be lively and talented. However, we thought that the opening was a little slow. It didn't grab the audience immediately. We enjoyed the fight scenes which were well choreographed, but I was a little worried that because we sat in the front row, one of those swords was going to hit us as they ran past. They didn't :-) The theater itself was cozy and offered a tiny cafe. We didn't try the cafe, but I did notice that the drinks were not ordinary sodas and beer. They offered a Polish beer and San Pellagrino soft drinks -- lemonade and orange, I believe. There is a bakery cafe nearby -- the Alliance Bakery -- but what they call the "lounge", which I assume has more seating ,was closed. The bakery was open, but with only one table inside. The rest were outside. We noticed a Starbucks near the theater, so elected to stop there for an iced tea before picking up our tickets. The location couldn't be more convenient. It's located right across from the Division Blue Line station. I had wondered about the safety of the neighborhood because some posters on tripadvisor had described Wicker Park as "gritty." I wouldn't call it gritty, as we felt perfectly safe, and we're in our 60's. It does seem to be a neighborhood in transition. There were some upscale shops and restaurants along with the neighborhood liquor store and currency exchange. All in all, a good performance in a cozy theater, with a good location that's easy to reach.