Monday, July 27, 2009

The Critics Have Fallen for The Mistresses!

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune: "...because of Giering's gorgeous music and Blatt's richly textured lyrics, The Mistress Cycle is quite a moving and provocative affair that manages to pack a lot of wisdom and poignancy on matters of love and power into its short duration. And Kurt Johns' fine production features a cast of empathetic women with beautiful voices.

"The production at the Auditorium Theatre this summer originated at the Apple Tree Theatre in Highland Park, in the theater's depressing temporary quarters. The show transcended those surroundings, and it surely deserved the greater elegance afforded by this transfer to the Auditorium, where both show and audience occupy the stage in intimate configuration." CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times: "First staged at Highland Park's Apple Tree Theatre in late 2007, The Mistress Cycle -- a musical theater piece about five very different women who all played the role of "the other woman" -- is now being remounted at the Auditorium Theatre. And the production is serving as a most intriguing test case for possibly alternative uses for that beautiful Louis Sullivan building.

"Can the theater's vast stage be transformed into a black box theater just large enough to contain both an intimate musical and an audience of 200 seated on risers? And, at those times when the full theater is not being occupied by the Joffrey Ballet, a Broadway musical or some other large-scale event, can it serve as a transfer house for successful shows from the suburbs and other parts of the city? The answer to both questions is yes..."CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

Rebecca Sarwate, Edge Chicago: "A sensuous delight in every connotation of the word, it is no surprise that the production received a Jeff nomination for Best Revue pursuant to the 2007-2008 season. The only shock is that it did not walk away with the trophy. Forget everything you thought you knew about musical revues in the past. Though light on dialogue, The Mistress Cycle has a strapping narrative arc, a compelling and moving plot, told through one emotionally reverting song after another." CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Chris Arnold, "After a successful, Jeff nominated run at Apple Tree Theatre, The Mistress Cycle is receiving a stunning downtown Chicago premiere at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Don't worry about the notoriously cavernous Auditorium because the stage has been converted into an intimate space, proper for a chamber musical. Director Kurt John's production is a textbook example of less is more, putting the focus on storytelling rather than spectacle." CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Tickets $49.
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In Person: 50 E. Congress Parkway
Groups (10+) and ATRU subscribers: 312.431.2357

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