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Theatre & Performance Recommendations- Chi/Mil

Ok, someone here is bound to have some good information.

My best friend and I have been talking about going to the theatre for our birthday's. She's done a fair amount of looking things up, but I don't want her to feel like she is doing all the work and I am just along for the ride since that is not the case!

Of course, I'm un cultured and theatre noob. So, please speak slowly and be to the point so I can understand whatcher sayin.

I've been looking for some shows that are playing between now and Christmas either in Chicago or Milwalkee(within driving distance.)

As of now, the front runner is, "Monty Python's Spamalot" at the Scheubert Theatre from Dec. 21 - Jan 6.

So do any of you folks have any experiences with theatres and can make some recomendations? I'll be looking at the weekend papers this weekend, as I haven't done that yet.

So what can you guys add?

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check out www.metromix.com they have links and reviews of shows in the chicagoland area.
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Blue Man Group is like soup.

If you guys haven't seen it yet (for some really odd reason) it's a no brainer. Fantastic show.

(Briar Street Theater - www.blueman.com <- I think)

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Blue Man Group is like soup.

If you guys haven't seen it yet (for some really odd reason) it's a no brainer. Fantastic show.

(Briar Street Theater - www.blueman.com <- I think)

Other than that, check out www.metromix.com to find out what's doin in the city.

agree--blue man group is awesome---i got a cd and dvd of theirs and i love it.

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WHo's this female "best friend" you speak of?
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WHo's this female "best friend" you speak of?
Best friend of 16 years and counting now Kruz. 5'5 and absolutely gorgeous. and hapily married!

And what, is everyone on here as uncultured as I am? Have you guys NOT been to the theatres??

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Re: Theatre & Performance Recommendations- Chi/Mil

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Of course, I'm un cultured and theatre noob. So, please speak slowly and be to the point so I can understand whatcher sayin.
So what can you guys add?

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How can you be without culture if you are a La Femme Nikita fan

Your choice for Monthy Python seems reasonable. I haven't heard anything specifically about it but it should be a good starter performace for you guys.

Nothwithstanding, if you have not been to the "thee-er-tre" before, I would start by going to one of the more mainstream productions (if available)...id est...

* Phantom of the Opera
* Les Miserables
* Cats

These types of productions are guaranteed to stimulate you both visually and audibly. I don't know what is currently playing in Chicago but you will only find these types of shows at the major Chicago Theaters (Goodman, Chicago, Shubert, Cadillac, Auditorium, etc.). You will only go so wrong at these places. Refer to link below for samples.

If you feel like doing something more off-beat or daring...try some of the local theaters in Chicago. Chicago has the biggest theater presence in the US outside of New York so there is plenty to choose from here. Refer to link below for samples.

Here's a link to some of Chicago's Theaters.
Chicago Theater Guide

I've included a personal recommendation. It's a link to the Joan and Irving Music/Dance Theater in Millenium Park. If you get the chance, definitely check out the Hubbard Street Dance in the Spring/Summer (though there are some other dance companies performing this Fall). And you cancheck out the new $500 Million Millenium Park at the same time
Joan and Irving Music and Dance Theater

Also, if you get the chance, check out the Cirque Du Soleil performance...though I don't think they are coming here this Fall but when they do - its a must do - I hear it's brilliant performance. You can check out prior performances on the Bravo channel from time to time also.

Hope this helps.

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How can you be without culture if you are a La Femme Nikita fan
tv is a different "culture" than things you have to get off your couch to "experience." Otherwise I'm very cultured!

I've looked at some of the more main stream shows as well. Not much is offered in decent driving distance.

My only previous theatre type of show experience was several trips to the Annoyance Theatre back in the mid 90's. Man their shows ROCKED. Co-Ed Prison Sluts from Hell was my favorite production.


Cirque Du Soleil is definately on the list, but every show I found wasn't local, but I was skimming. I'm still looking.

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tv is a different "culture" than things you have to get off your couch to "experience." Otherwise I'm very cultured!

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You know they have the first season out on DVD

Good luck with your search. But don't beat yourself up trying to find that perfect show. I have a feeling you'll really like any show you go to. And you'll get a better idea of the types of shows you like the more you go. Just keep going to them

Also, you might also enjoy places like the Museum of Contemporary Art or Mexican Fine Arts Museum for gallery openings.

...Or, Chicago has the only Museum of Holography in the West Loop which is very interesting.

...Oooor, Chicago has some amazing architecture. You might want to check out the Chicago Architecture Foundation for some really amazing tours. They even have a tour of the Chicago Theater District Chicago Architecture Foundation

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Did someone say theater?

Oh boy something I really know about!

To reiterate, what some had already posted:

Miss Saigon, my all-time favorite! Awesome show. Saw it 2 times. Once at the Auditorium Theater which is a beautiful theater and they had a mock helicopter on stage; and 2nd time at the Ford Center for the performing Arts, which was ok but nothing like the Auditorium!

Phantom of the Opera, 2nd favorite. Auditorium Theater. Love the seen when he actually had a venetian boat on stage. Very cool.

Les Miserables my least favorite of the 3 but still good since I was able to make an educated comparison. I was bored in most of the last part of act 1 and the beginning of act 2. Of course at the Auditorium theater.

The Schubert theater was a good venue. Guys and Dolls was entertaining. Camelot with Robert Goulet was memorable. Grease was a fun show.

Blue Man Group is great at the Briar Street theater.

I heard good things about Defending the Caveman and Vagina Monologues but never personally seen it.

I heard Rent stunk but Chicago, the play and not the movie, is most excellent.

Another great show is Stomp, absolutely phenomenal, if I had to pick between Blue Man Group and Stomp, it would be Stomp hands down.

Evita at the Arie Crown theater, awesome production, but the acoustics stunk. Imagine hearing Don't Cry for Me Argentina and having reverb all over. Bad theater for a musical.

Another good theater to check out is the Goodman Theater, they put out pretty good productions.

Sorry for the long post but it's kinda a passion of mine. Good luck on finding a great show.

I still highly recommend Miss Saigon though!


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