Monday, November 19, 2012

#makesmesmilemondays The Nutcracker

Yesterday was a busy theatre evening for our family.

In the late afternoon, I took my son, age 11, to see Potted Potter at the Broadway Playhouse. While most of the jokes flew over my head - I haven't read any of the books, save for reading the first chapter of book one to my son, years ago (he devoured the rest of it on his own) - my son spent much of the show doubled up in laughter.

Then, in the late evening, Chiara and I headed out to see the House Theatre's Nutcracker, now playing at the Chopin Theater. Our favorite Christmas show this year is by far this reinvention of the holiday classic. The House Theatre's The Nutcracker focuses on Clara’s journey to save her family, reeling from the wartime death of her brother, from the Rat King. Be prepared for plenty of surprises as you step right into Christmas with Clara and her family. Chiara was absolutely entranced, and I too found this version both hilarious and heartwarming. Here's a great parent guide to the show:

I'm lucky to be a contributing writer for Chicago's Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and a freelance writer for many other publications, both print and online. I cover a lot of shows and I adore Chicago theatre. Best of all, my kids have been tagging along with me even as toddlers, and both have a growing appreciation for theatre. Just don't ask my son to attend a musical! (Though he did love Billy Elliot!). Thankfully, my daughter, at age three, seems to be up for just about any live theatre presentation!

Don't miss the Nutcracker, now playing at the charming Chopin Theatre. 

The delightful Nutcracker, now playing at the Chopin Theatre

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