This Too Shall Pass-Last Chance To See This At Theater
We've been raving about how amazing Theater Wit's
production of This is since February.
Today is the final, closing performance of this poignant, Jeff
Recommended show. If you haven't found your way to
This yet, I have one word for you,
GO. I'm still laughing about Jeremy
Wechsler, the artistic director of Theater Wit's comments about the
play's title. He was bemoaning the fact that Googling "This
play" brings an e-avalanch of unrelated topics. He said that
he'll have a talk with the playwright, Melissa James Gibson,
and convince her to make up a distinctive, unique word that doesn't
appear in any dictionary for her next show title!
At ChiIL Mama, we've been exploring how creatives parent and how
parents create. Having children changes things...the choices
we make in theatre, art and music. Wechsler is a
Chicago Dad with a 5 year old. And it was great to see him
in action during the final phase of previews on
This, as the core of the show deals with this
dynamic. As the friends in This
navigate parenting teens and toddlers, dead end jobs and middle age
foibles, the unseen children are often mentioned and are certainly
a contributing factor to the changes and choices the characters
Gibson writes with wit and wisdom. Her dialogue and
character relationships come off as natural and fun. And
it's rare to find a play these days, that evokes both laughter and
tears from an audience. Wechsler called this a dramedy,
which is true in the sense that the dialogue is truly funny and the
laughs are there. I was cracking up in solidarity at
Gibson's lines like "I hate the word blog. It sounds like a pile of
snot." Yet the situations she throw her characters into, are
anything but funny.
What do you do when the unthinkable happens? Your spouse
dies and leaves you a widow in your 30's. Your husband
sleeps with your best friend of 20 years. What's worth
fighting for? What's unforgivable? What
happens when the stresses of sleep deprivation and the
relentlessness of caring for a newborn, threaten to tear a loving
couple apart. What happens when a sexy, French, bisexual,
Doctor Without Borders (or morals), enters the mix?
There are 3 versions to every story--what he said, what she said,
and what really happened. My husband's been working on
First 48 for A & E, tailing Chicago's special
victims detectives for months, and that's what they swear
by. These are the guys who handle domestic
disputes, kidnappings and missing persons, and they've heard it
Gibson's This has a field day with this dynamic
and then adds in an extra twist. This circle of friends
includes a guy who has superhuman memory and the uncanny
ability to repeat events verbatim, that lands him on talk
shows. He rarely unleashes his gift on his friends, but
ultimately speaks up to set the record straight. We
were absolutely blown away by This, and
highly recommend it.
If you still have not made it out to see This,
grab a sitter and go tonight! ChiIL Mama/ChiIL
Out readers still qualify for a $10 discount! To get
your complimentary tickets, you can just use the code CHILLOUT when
you reserve your tickets by phone at 773-975-8150 or at Theater
"One of the best shows of the season! A
- Chicago Tribune
"Highly Recommended! An unusual blend of yearning, grief,
desire, satire and self-lacerating humor is one of those plays that
sneaks up on you in a wholly unexpected way. Sensational!"
- Hedy Weiss,Chicago Sun Times
"Recommended! Profoundly moving, both caustic and funny!
The kind of smart-but-accessible date-night show that combines
laughs with tears" Chris
Jones, Chicago Tribune [read
human condition in all its messy, tragic, absurd and blisteringly,
blackly funny glory. Don't miss it!" Catey
Sullivan, The Examiner [read
"Phenomenal! Riveting! A delight to watch...I literally
could not stop laughing!" Splash
Magazine [read more]
"Recommended! Gibson's genuine ear for dialog and the
ensemble's sharp timing never let the story sink..."
Lisa Buscani, New City [read
striking observations about the what-ifs of love that never go
away." Kris Vire, Time Out
Chicago [read more...]
A to-die-for-production. A triumph!"
Dan Zeff, Chicagoland Theater Reviews [read
Recommended. A coup for Theater Wit!
Larry Bommer, Stage Style Chicago [read
Theater Wit has a hit on its hands!
Chicago Theater Blog [read
Jane is a recent widow whose dating life is a shambles, and
her helpful friends are only helping make things more complicated.
Tom and Merrill think it's time that their windowed friend Jane
comes out of her shell and starts dating but after a party game
goes awry the resulting affair threatens to unravel their entire
circle of friends. Join us for a powerhouse production of Gibson's
latest rueful comic meditation on love, adulthood and adultery. An
honest and true comedy how we all are backing into middle age
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
See more of Bonnie's stories here.
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