My mom and I have a tradition of going to see a play or musical or opera or dance show every year and for the past two years this tradition was put on hold because…. Makai. I blame him! I actually thought we went to something in 2013, and only missed last year, but I can’t remember now. I don’t think we did. This year we finally got our act back together and saw First Wives Club at the Oriental Theatre. We went to matinee, so we didn’t really do the dinner and a show thing, although we did stop for treats at Magnolia Bakery afterwards, order in Roots that night and went to Chicago Diner the following morning. So, there’s that.
First Wives Club wasn’t really even on my radar, but I came across a really great (half off!!) deal on really great (8th row, orchestra) seats and couldn’t pass it up! To be honest, I wasn’t sure when it first started, if I was going to like it, but I settled in and it ended up being really good. The second half, I liked better.. but I understand how they had to set everything up in the first half. Funny. And some really great performances. Now I need to watch the movie, which I’ve never seen!
Here are all of the dinner-and-a-show days we’ve done over the years:
2012: Buona Terra and Showboat at the Lyric Opera
2011: Gosu & Beauty and the Beast
2010: El Nandu & Hubbard Street Dance
2009: Rhapsody & Jersey Boys
2008: Landmark & Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the Steppenwolf Theater
2007: Costello’s & Blue Man Group
2005/6: Hillary’s Urban Eatery (HUE) & Wicked
2004: Petterino’s & Mamma Mia
Ze Olde Days (1999?): Riverdance in Milwaukee
Ancient Times (1997?): Lorie Line
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October 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments
Our daycare sent out an email (with a discount code) that told us about a new show at Emerald City’s Little Theatre called Bingo’s Birthday. It was aimed at kids 0-5 years old, so I decided to check it out. Becky and her daughter Hannah (age 3), came with us.
Bingo is a dog who lives on a farm and it was his birthday. But most of the whole show was Farmer Pickle and Farmer Tickle preparing for the birthday party and looking for Bingo. Bingo, of course, showed up every time Pickle and Tickle left the room. In the end it all came together and we all celebrated Bingo’s birthday and all of the kids got birthday hats.
The show was very interactive. As the audience, we sat on the floor or on hay bails and the show went on about a foot away from us and around us. There was a lot of back and forth between the actors and their puppets an the kids and parents. There were even props that the kids used to get involved. Hannah seemed totally engaged. Makai was really tired because I had to wake him up to get there in time, but he was looking in all the right places, so I know he was following along. I thought it was fun. If they have another show, I’ll go again!
Afterwards, we headed up Southport to get some breakfast and ended up at Crosby’s Kitchen. That’s where Makai really livened up. Did someone say “eggs”?
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On Saturday night, Dallas and I met up with Kristin, Jamie, Jen, Jill and Tricia to see The Book of Mormon at the Bank of America Theatre. We’ve had these tickets for months and had heard from many friends how good it is… and it was! We laughed for hours. Just the lightening up we needed after spending the whole day at Northwestern in a birth and delivery class!
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