Hedy Weiss: Theater Reviews

Hedy Weiss

At 7:00 pm on Chicago Tonight, Chicago Sun-Times theater and dance critic Hedy Weiss joins us to discuss three plays on stage right now. Tonight, we’ll hear about “The Outgoing Tide,” “Porgy and Bess,” and “Festen.”

“The Outgoing Tide” at The Northlight Theatre
This world premiere of a new play by Bruce Graham tells the story of family man Gunner and his unorthodox plan to provide for his family. Gunner struggles to get his wife and son on board as they wait for the tide to go out at their Chesapeake Bay summer cottage. The play runs through June 19, and tickets run from $40 to $45.

“Porgy and Bess” at the Court Theatre
It doesn’t take much more than the first few notes of “Summertime” to conjure up the 1935 folk opera, “Porgy and Bess.” Chicago’s latest production of the George and Ira Gershwin classic is directed by Charles Newell and features Todd Kryger as Porgy and Alexis J. Rodgers as Bess. Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a crippled beggar living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina, and Bess, the woman he loves. Bess is dominated by her current lover, Crown, who is a dangerous threat to the safety of both Bess and Porgy. The show has been extended through July 3rd, and tickets range from $10 to $45.

“Festen” at Steep Theatre
This adaptation of the Danish film and play tells the story of a family gathered to celebrate the 60th birthday of the family patriarch, Helge. As the audience meets each family member, the family’s long-term dysfunction comes to light. The story reaches its climax in a stunning accusation made by son Christian during a toast to his father. The show runs through June 11th, and tickets range from $22 to $25.

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