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  Honky Tonk Angels at No Exit Cafe

Honky Tonk Angels

No Exit Cafe
6970 N. Glenwood Chicago

The perfect follow-up to Ted Swindley's Always Patsy Cline, a hit for Theo Ubique in 2014, Swindley's Honky Tonk Angels combines country hit songs combined with a hilarious story about three gutsy good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Taking its title from Kitty Wells 1951 song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," the score includes 30 classic country songs including "Stand by Your Man," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "9 to 5," "I Will Always Love You," and "Harper Valley PTA." BroadwayWorld called it "a charming, foot-stompin' musical" with "a hilarious story."

Presented by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Thru - Jan 29, 2017



Price: $34-$39

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-347-1109

Running Time: 2hrs

www.theo-u.com



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  Honky Tonk Angels Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...The cleverness of the revue, of course, comes from how Swindley figures out that these three types fit pretty much all of the songs in the genre. In this production, which is directed with heart by Courtney Crouse and was cast exceptionally well, the three performers create a welcoming embrace for everyone without compromising the defiance and self-actualization heard in the lyrics of these songs. Todd, who has the most experience, is the anchor of the show; Jones provides moments of unpredictability; and Turlington, a relative newcomer who hails from Oklahoma, is its discovery. All three of these women are strong singers, engaging personalities and respectful of the material. Their voices blend quite beautifully."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...In performance style and attitude, the heroines of 20th-century American country music are about as theatrical as they come. Here, under the music direction of Jeremy Ramey, a trio of crystalline voices at Theo Ubique brilliantly capitalize on the live, unplugged, raucous energy of the western repertoire."
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Dan Jakes


Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...If your previous impression of country music is one of sexist ditties like "Getcher Biscuits in the Oven and Yer Buns into Bed" ( that's not made up, by the way ), Theo Ubique offers an opportunity to become acquainted with a genre you may be surprised to learn that you know better than you thought. Adam Veness and James Kolditz's decor make the No Exit Cafe cozy enough to make you forget it's winter outside and newly hired chef Tal Caspi will even feed you sweet-potato pie at intermission."
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Mary Shen Barnidge


Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...All three actresses bring a level of vocal craft and emotional heft to their performances that the songs deserve, even if the show itself may not. They're aided by the cramped confines of Theo Ubique's Rogers Park home, No Exit Cafe-which, as usual, allows for a conversational intimacy that benefits both performers and audience members alike-as well as by the show's four-piece band, led by music director Jeremy Ramey. If shows like this one live and die on the strength of their performances, then it's safe to say Honky Tonk Angels is alive and kicking."
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Alex Huntsberger


Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...This two-hour treats looks as good as it sounds: Set designer Adam Veness totally transforms the storefront space into a country-music mecca. With awesome authenticity, he’s packed it with farm implements, a hanging display of first-class Western boots, hurricane lamps, folk-art memorabilia, a barndoor backdrop with weathered decoration, and tribute pictures of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. The setting practically mints the music–and that’s the draw not to resist."
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Lawrence Bommer


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Attending one of the musical shows at No Exit Café, that little treasure on Glenwood where Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre makes musicals exciting and affordable, is always a treat. Whether they take on a full- scale musical, bringing it down in size to a cabaret style, or a musical that is more songs than story, one always walks away from this theater feeling “good”! Their current show is more of a musical treat than a “play”. It is called “Honky Tonk Angels” and is written by Ted Swindley, who wrote “Always Patsy Cline” which scored really big for this company back in 2014."
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Alan Bresloff


NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Singing these hits are the impressive Jacquelyne Jones, Colette Todd and Leryn Turlington who are backed by a very engaged and entertaining four piece orchestra. All three actresses do well when belting out solos but they really shine when harmonizing together. Director Courtney Crouse keeps everything moving at a good pace while the minimalist stage setting and the intimate confines of the No Exit Cafe are used to good effect."
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Noel Schecter


Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Winter’s finally arrived, but this charming, sweetly sung and expertly accompanied new revue is guaranteed to warm the hearts of every theatergoer looking for a homey, humorous and harmonious evening of entertainment."
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Colin Douglas


Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...With voices like theirs combined with the exceptional musical leadership of Tennessee-bred Jeremy Ramey, indeed an "honorary" fourth cast member for his visibly spirited playing, it's clear this creative team is have a great time together."
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Barry Reszel


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   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 Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.


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