Entries Tagged as 'Theater'

The Book of Mormon at the Bank of America Theatre

July 28th, 2013 · No Comments

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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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West Side Story at the Oriental Theatre

June 17th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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This year my mom and I were having trouble figuring out a weekend to get together for our annual dinner and a show, so we worked out a way to make it happen during the week. Her schedule finally had two days in a row off, so she drove down on a Monday and left on the Wednesday morning. I worked from home on Monday and Tuesday and it worked out pretty good. Especially since I wanted to see West Side Story and it happened to be in town from June 11 – 16, which was when my mom would be in town.

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West Side Story first came out in 1957, so it’s been a part of American culture for a long time. I knew generally what the story was about, but never looked into the details too much. I also recognized some of the songs that were a part of the musical. I had a good time FINALLY filling in all the blanks and finally getting to know what all the fuss about West Side Story was.

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Before the show we had dinner at Park Grill, which is a nice restaurant inside Millennium Park. We each had seafood: My mom had salmon and I had walleye. Both were light and summery and very good.

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After dinner and before the show we had a few minutes to spare, so we walked around the park a bit. We went to take a look at Cloud Gate (“the bean”) and the Jun Kaneko exhibit of creepy sculptures. Actually, I think they’re kind of cute. But other people have told me they think they’re creepy.

A good couple days overall. It was nice to spend some time with mom! Here are all of the dinner-and-a-show days we’ve done over the years:

2012: Buona Terra & 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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ShowPlace Icon Theater VIP

December 28th, 2012 · No Comments

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Our friends have been telling us about the VIP seating at the ShowPlace Icon Theatre on Roosevelt for a long time, but we never experienced it until Christmas day. It’s become a tradition of ours to see a movie before going to Aunty Gail’s for dinner. And these are not uplifting Christmas movies we’ve seen. We were trying to think of all the movies we’ve seen on Christmas day … last year we saw The Descendents. Great movie, we loved it, but not uplifting! No Country for Good Men was another year. The only kind of feel good movie we saw on Christmas was Juno. Anyway, going with that… we decided to see Django Unchained. This was Dallas’s pick and I didn’t expect to like it that much, but it was fantastic! Also, I was half drunk because in the VIP seating you get drinks and food delivered right to your seat. The seats are big and cushy and paired off with tables. The paired seats are like sitting in one big cushy leather loveseat. I’ve mostly resisted the VIP seating because the tickets usually run about $20, but since we were at a matinee, the tickets were only $12. Only a little more than a regular ticket, for VIP! I ordered bloody drinks for a bloody movie!

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