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  Esperanza Rising at Goodman Theatre

Esperanza Rising

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn Street Chicago

Esperanza Rising is the story of a wealthy Mexican girl whose privileged existence is shattered when tragedy strikes, and she and her mother must flee to California. Forced to work in a migrant labor camp, Esperanza must learn to rise above her difficult circumstances and discover what she's truly made of. Set in the turbulent 1930's, and based on the popular book by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising is a poetic tale of a young girl's triumph over adversity.

Thru - Aug 10, 2008

Price: $15-$38

Stage: Owen Theatre

Show Type: Childrens

Box Office: 312-443-3800

Running Time: 1hrs 30mins; one intermission

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  Esperanza Rising Reviews
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  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...This kickoff to the Goodman's Latino Theatre Festival is a demanding piece and, at the final preview I saw, Henry Godinez's ambitious production had yet to fully gel. The big cast seemed unsure of its steps in the somewhat chaotic first act, which felt under-rehearsed, especially when the less-than-snappy vocals wandered off key. And although Esperanza's transition is gradual, the show also suffers from not showing us clearly enough how and why she changes. The necessary connections aren't all there, although I suspect this rich cast will subsequently find them."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Chicago Children's Theatre kicks off the Goodman Theatre's Latino Theater Festival with its heartfelt staging. Director Henry Godinez has staged a nicely nicely etched production that will get young minds thinking about life during the Great Depression and how it affected the lives of all Americans."
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Mary Houlihan

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...As directed by Henry Godinez, this Chicago Children's Theatre contribution to the Goodman Theatre's Latino Festival leans toward the didactic, and Esperanza's "rising" toward generosity feels pat. But there are some heartfelt performances, particularly from Charin Alvarez as Esperanza's mom and Gabi Mayorga as her irrepressible friend in the camp. A trio of mariachi musicians adds fire and poetry to this sturdy, if predictable, tale."

Kerry Reid

Centerstage - Recommended

"...Adaptations from novels, whether for film or theater, can be tricky. Translating the rich textures of characters that have developed a relationship with readers over days or weeks, versus the few hours of film or theater, demands a tight grasp on the story's essence. Chicago Children's Theatre's impressive production of the young adult novel, 'Esperanza Rising' manages to capture most of the book’s complex points."

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...Esperanza Rising rejoices Mexican culture through the Mariachi music. Charnin Alvarez and Maite Alverez were terrific and Juan Gabriel Ruiz and Laura E. Crotte added fine work to this ensemble. For children 8 and up, Esperanza Rising offers worthy life lessons as well as a positive look at Mexican culture."
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Tom Williams

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