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Head Over Heels
Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit
Thru - Aug 25, 2019

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Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit

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Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended

"...Adams-King, Cerza and Resto come together for a blistering take on "Good Girl" that reminds us that, despite being dismissed as purveyors of bubble-gum pop that sanitized the LA punk scene that birthed them, the Go-Go's were not sweetness and light. As Carlisle once observed, "We had these angelic faces that hid a multitude of sins." The show isn't about the history of the Go-Go's, of course. But it is about seeing beyond surface judgments and societal expectations, which are certainly things the band had to fight. What "Head Over Heels" does is remind us that fighting back doesn't mean you can't have a good time, too."
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Kerry Reid



Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...In Kokandy's production, directors Derek Van Barham and Elizabeth Swanson craft a joyful ode to all-gender romance and sex. Music director Kyra Leigh turns the production into a party, making the most of a live five-piece band. Listen for leading players Bridget Adams-King, Caitlyn Cerza, and Deanalís Resto (playing princess sisters and a lady-in-waiting, respectively) and their sleeper powerhouse "Good Girl." The more expected showstoppers-"We've Got the Beat," "Cool Jerk," and "Mad About You" among them-are every bit as enticing. And Breon Arzell's irreverent, joyful choreography puts an exclamation point on the whole shebang."
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Catey Sullivan



Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended

"...Above all, a brilliantly cast company gives our quirky and convoluted Arcadians their full dramatic due. For all its mannered make-believe, Head Over Heels is a non-binary feast of alternative delights. More than most musicals, there really is something for everyone on Theater Wit's well-bursting stage."
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Lawrence Bommer



Around The Town Chicago- Somewhat Recommended

"...From it's very beginnings, back in 2010, I have found that Kokandy Productions has worked hard to make certain that what they bring to the Chicago audiences is unique and powerful theater. The Chicago premiere they are bringing to us at Theater Wit has solid talent and a premise that is very theatrical and desirable, but many may find it far to long at over 2 hours and 3o minutes and perhaps just a wee "too much"!. This is a musical based on "The Arcadia" by Sir Phillip Sidney, using the music of The Go-Go's and with a new book written by Jeff Whitty ( who also conceived the concept) and then the entire story was adapted by James Magruder. Perhaps the line "too many cooks spoil the broth" comes into play here as perhaps they have taken it to a place that the original never dreamed of going."
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Alan Bresloff



Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

"...With its poetic dialogue, outlandish, cross-dressing characters, mistaken identities and unrequited love, this comic confectionary has a great deal in common with Shakespeare’s finest works. But wait: there’s more! There’s ribald wordplay and raunchy sight gags, flowing wigs and glittering finery, flashing swords and interludes of much-loved retro music and dance that make this lighthearted musical-with-a-message the ideal warm weather wingding."
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Colin Douglas



The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

"...As a huge fan of The Go-gos (I had all three albums and Charlotte Caffey is my spirit animal), I was excited to see this modern day twist on a classic accompanied by music of my youth. HEAD OVER HEELS was more than poppy, it was poignant. Although my twelve year old niece, from Indiana, enjoyed it, the two older couples in our row didn't return after intermission. HEAD OVER HEELS is not your mama's musical, it's your niece's."
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Katy Walsh



Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

"...Running more than two hours with a brief intermission, the production features the iconic music of The Go-Gos and manages to remain engaging and provocative for its entirety-perhaps due to the lively audience that filled nearly every seat on opening night."
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Katie Priest



Storefront Rebellion- Recommended

"...The whole production here exudes such large-hearted, let’s-put-on-a-show gaiety (or should that be queerity?) that it’s impossible not to like, even at its shaggiest. The whole cast is winning, but I’d give special commendation to Guidry, big-voiced Adams-King and Alsop, who puts a sly spin on his all-genders ingenue. It’s like a high-minded beach read; for smartly silly summer fun, get up and go, go."
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Kris Vire



Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

"...While other jukebox musicals opt to tell a story that loosely connects the songs (Mamma Mia) or frame them within a biography of the artist(s) involved (Beautiful, Jersey Boys), Head Over Heels dares to be different and succeeds a joyfully surprising amount of the time. The Go-Gos' music is handled very well. "We Got the Beat" (of course) opens the show and defines the central aspect of life in Arcadia. King's renditions of songs like "Beautiful" and "How Much More" declare her character's outsized personality, while Cerza's more internalized character is clear in "Good Girl." Alsop shines in such songs as "Mad About You," expressing the deep love that won't allow him to quit his pursuit of Philoclea."
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Karen Topham



Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

"...It’s difficult to zero in on any one of the cast who shines the brightest because this is one heckuva GENDER FLUID GOT TALENT show. This reviewer went scrambling to the program notes to see who was the keeper of casting, which was truly inspired and especially in the choice of Jeremiah Alsop as a shepherd who goes into Amazon drag to better woo his love interest princess, and for casting triple threat Frankie Leo Bennett as the King. Of all the priceless moments in this production- and there are many!—the pregnant pause given to Bennett as he tunes in a new gender bender reality is a show capper that will keep you smiling as you walk out the door."
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Amy Munice