A Fire Burns at Lookingglass


I have yet to see a bad production at Lookingglass, and The Great Fire is no exception.  Originally I thought the play going to be a huge spectacle  like Lookingglass has become known for in the past few years. This play gets back to the acting roots that this theatre is known for.

Seven actors told the story of the Great Chicago fire. I liked the idea that real people were the characters in the show. So many times actors  on stage perpetuate the myth of unrealistic body images or magazine cover looks. It gives me hope. As each actor shifted from character to character, they didn’t any of the story. Only one member of the cast remained constant and that was Lindsay Neal Whiting as the fire. She was a powerful image of a fire that destroyed a city, despite her petiteness.  This little powerhouse stood her own as the used her strength in the role of fire .   Another standout was  Cheryl Lynn Bruce , especially her portrayal of the opportunistic alderman who tried to profit from others misfortunes. He wanted to use gun powder to blow up Chicago.  Stephanie Diaz  was so charming as the widow and puppeteer. Her puppets were both educational as well as entertaining.

As a transplant, I learned a lot about the myths of the Great Fire. This was pretty amazing since I was viewing the play in one of the only edifices still standing after that event.  For an educational and entertaining evening , see “The Great Fire.”  at Lookingglass theatre at 821 N Michigan Avenue. For tickets , call the box office at 312-337-0665 or go to http://www.lookingglasstheatre.org.

Firemen fight the Great Fire at Lookingglass until Dec 4. The play is also Jeff recommended.


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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