Milly's Orchid Show's Spring Spectacular | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

Milly's Orchid Show's Spring Spectacular

by

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

David Cale is relentlessly unassuming and subtle onstage, nothing like the manic, quicksilver John Leguizamo. Cale's material is devoid of high-octane social and political rants, unlike Eric Bogosian's. He avoids torturous explorations of his personal demons, unlike Spalding Gray. And he's the most consistently satisfying, funny, insightful, and moving solo performer I've ever seen--Cale understands perfectly how to make a huge, beautiful world out of small, truthful details. His shows were a staple at the old Goodman studio in the early 90s, and now he returns to Chicago for one night, thanks to impresario Brigid Murphy and her Milly's Orchid Show. Composer-guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg accompanies Cale, who often uses live music in his pieces. Also part of the spring spectacular are Murphy's "Milly May Smithy," Poi Dog Pondering member Abra Moore, and English actor Peter Dennis--the only person licensed to publicly perform A.A. Milne's works, and whose adaptation of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, Bother!, played to raves at Famous Door almost nine years ago. Ten-year-old Maxanova (daughter of former Maestro Subgum and the Whole members Michael Greenberg and Kate O'Reilly) shows off her tap dancing and singing, belly dancers Read My Hips shake their groove thangs, and Milly's gal band, the Sequins, and her boy dancers, the Coal Diggers, celebrate "springtime, the only pretty ring time." Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 773-929-5959. Friday, March 21, 8 PM (doors open 7 PM). $25.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment