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Friday, February 27, 2009

Stupid Kids? Stupid Economy!

Last night Ricky and I headed over to the Center on Halsted to see About Face Theatre's production of Stupid Kids. Set in the 80's (when I was in high school, so I recognized the fashion and hair--what were we thinking?!?!), Stupid Kids is a loose retelling of Rebel Without A Cause.

Wow! What a great show. The set immediately transported me back to high school as soon as I walked into the theatre. The direction and acting were very high energy and fast paced. All of the actors were invested and believable. (Patrick Andrews, in particular, was fantastic. Of course, I may be a little biased as he's one of my former theatre students. But maybe I'm NOT biased as a lot of the other reviewers have said the same.) The show was funny at times, touching at others. AND it made use of some kick ass 80's music! (Any show that opens with the Violent Femmes is okay by me!)

What more could you ask for?

Ummm, how about more than 20 people in the audience.

Now I realize it was rainy and wet last night, but for God's sake, people. This is Chicago. We all head out in negative degree temps, what's a little rain?

I was told by some cast members that they do have bigger crowds on the weekends. That's good because this is a show that should be seen.

This is also a theatre company that deserves to be seen and unfortunately, due to the economy, we may not be able to see much of it anymore. About Face has postponed their spring production and launched a campaign to raise necessary funds or they may have to close their doors.

More than the great theatre they produce there I am most worried about losing the programs they offer to LGBTQ youth. The places these teens can turn for acceptance are few and far between. We can not lose one of their creative safe havens.

As someone who found a home in a youth theatre group I know how important it is to have a place you feel understood and accepted. I also know as a mom-to-be that if my son ever needs a place where he feels he fits in I hope that About Face and other similar places are there for him.

Please, visit About Face Theatre and help ensure that Chicago actors, audiences and youth still have this great theatre to turn to.


Lola said...

Chicago theatre and nightlife are the bigger things I miss from moving 60 miles south. (Ok, I also miss the diverse ethnic restaurants too, but I've learned to improvise and cook many of the things I miss.)

It sounds like a great show. I was just in college in the 80's, my partner was still in high school. I bet she'd enjoy it, but because of her strange new work schedule I doubt we'd be able to make a show.

Regarding the programs for LGBTQ youth, it's really sad. My daughter's high school suddenly dropped their only LGBTQ group at the beginning of this school year. When I tried contacted the head of school activities about it I was ignored. When I tried to contact the coordinator for the organization at the state level I got no reply. I know my kids are not the only children in this school district with same sex parents. I also know from my daughter's limited contact with her classmates (she attends a special school off campus due to mental health issues) that there are at the very least some gay freshmen. It's very frustrating.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

Yay! So glad you were able to see it. Man, let's hope this Fund the Future Campaign is successful!

Lucy said...

Lola, I hate hearing that the LGBTQ programming was cut from your daughter's school. It really scares me for my little boy-to-be. Arts programming is cut, LGBTQ programs are cut. What's left?