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We Three Lizas

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted Chicago

We Three Lizas hijacks Christmas classics to create a dark, sexy holiday musical for a queer new world. In a quest for unrivaled glory, Conrad Ticklebottom and his anxious assistant Reggie conjure the Great Queen of Wishes to bestow upon him the trinity of power: youth, wealth and beauty. Instead, Liza Minnelli knocks at Conrad’s door bearing holiday gifts and all hell breaks lose.

Presented by About Face Theatre

Thru - Dec 22, 2012

Thursdays: 7:00pm
Fridays: 7:00pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Sundays: 7:00pm



Price: $20

Stage: Garage Theatre

Show Type: Musical

Running Time: 1hr, 40mins

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  We Three Lizas Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...You have to give Bradley and his cohorts (Scott Ferguson directs) credit for not just serving up a few cocktails in the lobby and trotting out a few Liza-baked renditions of "New York, New York," "Bye Bye Blackbird," or "My Own Best Friend." In fact, "We Three Lizas" has a full-blown original score (with music by the very talented young composer Alan Schmuckler), replete with a stellar power ballad for Tretta, who does her darndest to keep this show on some kind of cogent track, and various intriguing specialty numbers (for Sean Blake, Arturo Soria and other big personalities in the cast), accompanied by a live jazz band."
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Chris Jones


NewCity Chicago - Recommended

"... What serves the production (directed by Scott Ferguson) best right now are its Lizas, its score, and its central heart, kept beating by Andrew Swan and John Francisco’s sweet rendering of the young Conrad’s first love. Scott Bradley’s book lacks the witty vulgarisms of camptacular drag maestro Charles Busch and the believable but fantastic environments and situations of his contemporary Charles Ludlam, both of whom would provide it with the balls Liza so effusively advocates for. The goings—beginning with forty-five minutes of cabaret, which would benefit from some concert lighting—are awfully slow until the Ghost of Christmas Past, Liza Was (Danielle Plisz, big-eyed with pitch-perfect comedic timing), explodes onto the stage. However, Alan Schmuckler’s score (with lyrics by Bradley that are better than his book), a buoyant gift wrapped in a melodic, dramatically well-conceived bow, is a real find."
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Johnny Oleksinski


Centerstage - Highly Recommended

"... The cast, under impresarios Scott Ferguson and Patrick Andrews’ high-pitched, energetic direction and choreography, is uniformly top-rate. Headed by Dana Tretta’s sweetly empathetic Reggie, the tone for the evening fluctuates between poignancy and high camp. Both Danielle Plisz and Bradley are pitch-perfect as Liza Was and Liza Is, backed by their scantily-clad, sequined backup dancers,. The result is a booze infused holiday morality tale, “with a Z.”"

Colin Douglas


Chicago Stage Review - Recommended

"...With a spectacular ensemble that even Scrooge couldn't help but love and plenty of gaudy fun to offset any shopping anxiety or family dysfunction, About Face Theatre delivers a holiday fantasy hit. Don you now your LGBTQ or straight apparel and hurry to Steppenwolf's Garage Theater for this wonderfully wild word premiere of We Three Lizas - A Holiday Bender; where the bar is always open and the spirits are as sassy as the drinks are strong!"
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Venus Zarris


Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Bradley, perhaps better known as "Scooty" of the Scooty & JoJo Show and their Alien Queen mash-up, teams up well with straight ally Schmuckler to recast Scrooge as a struggling designer who gets visited not by spirits of Christmas but offspring of Garland. The narrative's more than a little goofy and frankly hard to follow, given that the focus bounces between initial protagonist Scott Duff and eventual heroine Dana Tretta. But Schmuckler's pleasant, poppy score provides plenty of hooks-particularly in the numbers penned for the three over-the-top incarnations of Liza (Bradley, Sean Blake and the divine Danielle Plisz)-and the overall tale is undeniably original and joyously queer."
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Kris Vire


ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended

"... Move over Christmas Carol; step aside It’s A Wonderful Life (radio version or other), a new original holiday classic is born and it is most fun you will have at a show this season. The show I am speaking is About Face Theatre’s world premiere of We 3 Liza’s which opened this past weekend at the underused but fabulous Steppenwolf Garage theatre. Part cabaret, part full-book musical, We 3 Liza’s arrives in stellar style, with a cast that is uber talented but also never lets the material get in front of their performances."
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Michael Roberts


Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"... By show’s end Conrad has endured enough vignettes from his past to know that his dreams came true while he foolishly looked elsewhere: He donates all his designs and royalties to Reggie, who has broken from the purple pattern to create multi-hued bric-a-brac. (Well, the “kinky boots” market was clearly taken.)"
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Lawrence Bommer


Chicago Now - Somewhat Recommended

"...I highly anticipated this show. I'm a big fan of Scott Bradley and Alan Schmuckler. I did my own conjuring of what this might look like. AFT is promoting a 45 minute lounge time between the show featuring guest artists. I imagined cabaret seating and campy antics to set the mood. I arrived 5 minutes after the house opened and it was already full. There were very few tables and primarily theatre seating. We were at the very right on the bleachers, next to the band, not the best locale visually or audibly. The preshow had a very talented singing duo. They just weren't what I was expecting."
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Katy Walsh


Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...The stellar ensemble shines under Scott Ferguson's tight and energetic direction. Scott Duff (Conrad Ticklebottom) and Scott Bradley (Liza Is) excel in the campy style and Danielle Plisz (Liza Was) performs a galvanizing showstopper. Bradley and Plisz expertly balance roasting and revering in their imitations of Liza while two Fosse-inspired backup dancers (Arturo Soria and Sean Michael Hunt) provide a sexy, dark twist. John Francisco and Andrew Swan deftly handle multiple roles with humor and heart. However, it is Dana Tretta's (Reggie) tenderly rendered and equally over-the-top performance that allows the production to reach its full emotional impact."
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Nelson Rodriguez


   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.


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