It’s time for a new Christmas tradition! Instead of dragging out those tired reindeer, let’s get out the glitter machine and sparkle! Enter We Three Lizas: they don’t mean a thing if they ain’t got that bling! We are so ready for these chicks (even if we’re not entirely sure they’re chicks). Just think: not one of them mentioned “going over the cliff” all evening!
So here we go, splat right into the holiday season just feeling good. This cast will distract and delight you with a plot too preposterous even for the opera; characters (Conrad Ticklebottom!) too ridiculous for cartoons and music so intoxicating you’re just swept away. That’s my idea of a great holiday show.
The captivating melodies and hilarious lyrics (by fabulous Scott Bradley and Alan Schmucklerď»ż)ď»ż including such touches as “a weekend marathon of Downton Abbey” and, when the subject changed to Russia, “we can Chekhov that” hint at the wry, imaginative, idiosyncratic moments in each song.
If it weren’t for the excellent performances--the great voices, the enunciation, the band, the sound balance, costuming, choreography, the set, props—the entire package—the play would not could not have been so saturated with wit and charm. The exuberant, athletic, sexy cast even seems to believe, “We’ve all got a Liza inside, you’ve got to let her out!”
Let her out they did. Go see WE THREE LIZAS. And may your days be merry and bright!
The production team for WE THREE LIZAS includes: Jerre Dye (set design), Mieka van der Ploeg (costume design), Mac Vaughey (lighting design), Josh Horvath (sound design) Alan Schmuckler (music director), AFT Artistic Associate Patrick Andrews (choreography) and Jeremy Phillips (stage manager).
Title: WE THREE LIZAS
Book/Lyrics: AFT Artistic Associate Scott Bradley
Music/Additional Lyrics: Alan Schmuckler
Director: AFT Artistic Associate Scott Ferguson
Featuring: AFT Artistic Associates Scott Bradley (Liza Now), Scott Duff (Conrad Ticklebottom), John Francisco (Gonch) and Arturo Soria (Twink 2) with Sean Blake (Mystique), Sharriese Hamilton (Donna), Sean Michael Hunt (Twink 1), Danielle Plisz (Liza Then), Andrew Swan (Ginch), Dana Tretta (Reggie) and AJ Ware (Karen).
Location: The Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Dates: Thursday, December 6 – Sunday, December 23
Show Times: Doors open Thursdays & Fridays at 7 pm; Saturdays at 3 pm & 7 pm; Sundays at 7 pm. The main event begins following a 45-minute “cocktail hour” in Liza’s Lounge featuring special opening acts by guest artists. Please note: there will be 3 pm performances on Sunday, December 16.
Tickets: $25. $15 students. Discounts available for groups of ten or more.
Tickets are currently on sale through Steppenwolf Audience Services online at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650.
About Face Theatre (Bonnie Metzgar, Artistic Director; Jason L. Held, Executive Director) is one of Chicago’s most acclaimed theatre companies, and is a national leader in the development of new work exploring gender and sexual identity. Since its founding by Kyle Hall and Eric Rosen in 1995, the company has premiered more than 45 world premieres by writers and directors who have been recognized with several Tony Awards, The Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The MacArthur Fellowship and dozens of Joseph Jefferson Awards.