The week between Christmas and New Year's can be a long one. If you are looking for an entertaining family outing, you must check out The Wind In The Willows at City Lit Theater Company. After sitting through Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel, this performance was a welcome reprieve from the children's entertainment that I have been subjected to in over the years. That being said, The Squeakuel was actually more entertaining than the original, and my three and a half year old really did enjoy the film.
But she was absolutely mesmerized during the entire two hour performance of The Wind In The Willows. As you know, kids are probably the toughest theater critics around, if they are not enjoying a performance, they'll let you know. Chicago truly is a world class theater town, and this production was just another fine example of that. We were blown away by the talent on the tiny stage housed in the Historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church.
Your whole family will enjoy this rollicking rumpus of a production from the beginning to the end. Here's what my daughter had to say, "It was great, great, great. I want to go see it again!" A musical version of the exploits of Mr. Toad, an amphibian obsessed with motor cars, and his steadfast friends Rat, Mole and Badger, who attempt to break him of his terrible habit, against the background of a class struggle in the Wildwood. Featuring an eclectic score made up of rock, reggae, tin-pan alley, spirituals and a Gilbert and Sullivan send-up.
You truly will not want to miss this five star production. Here are the details:
Kenneth Grahame's The Wind In The Willows (adapated, composed and directed by Douglas Post)
NOW through January 3, 2010
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 3 pm
City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660 (located in the charming historical Edgewater neighborhood, so make sure you have time to explore the area)
Valet parking available for $8 and is located two blocks from the Red Line Bryn Mawr Stop