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  Light Up The Sky at Citadel Theatre Company

Light Up The Sky

Citadel Theatre Company
300 South Waukegan Road Lake Forest

The play's first act takes place before the play-within-a -play begins, when all assembled are being effusively loving toward each other. In LIGHT UP THE SKY's second act, the play's performance has ended disastrously and, believing the play will flop, the theater folk quickly turn on each other. In the third act, when they see the overnight reviews at 5:30 am and it's clear the play will be a hit, they frantically try to repair the damage they did to their relationships when they thought the play had failed.

Thru - Oct 29, 2017


Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 847-735-8554

www.citadeltheatre.org



  Light Up The Sky Reviews
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  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
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Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...They donít make Ďem like this any more were words never truer spoken. Moss Hart drew upon the people and the world he knew best to create this sendup of backstage show business, a world that really hasnít changed all that much since the late 1940ís. He patterned these bizarre characters after many of the real-life theatre people he knew and loved. Now todayís audiences will have the chance to love them, too."
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Colin Douglas


Irish American News - Highly Recommended

"...The play is constantly entertaining because it is rich with comedy and optimistic in spirit. It is filled with characters based on sharply accurate observations, often humorous, of people Moss Hart knew."
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Frank West


Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...LIGHT UP THE SKYís low dramatic stakes and rigidly etched characters make it hard to build comedic tension. However, Rob Jordanís Sidney has marvelous energy thatís convincing right from the top. Others onstage pick up steam and join him in what finally becomes a concluding romp. Unexpectedly, Goldingís Peter pauses the action for a heartfelt phone conversation with his girlfriend about his presumed failure as a writer. Itís nice. Itís real. Besides fabulous robes, LIGHT UP THE SKYís show people deserve that level of truth."
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Susan Lieberman


Chicago Theater and Arts - Recommended

"...The play offers interesting insight from different perspectives from a playwright who knows what it takes to get to Broadway. But though fun, it doesn't have to be two and a half hours long. The first act definitely can be shorter. Perhaps one intermission of 15 minutes could replace the two ten minute breaks."
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Jodie Jacobs


Chicago On Stage - Not Recommended

"...It is reasonable, though, in coming to see a 40's comedy, to think that it will not require the heavily stylized acting to build humor. The fact that this cast is up to the task says something about them (though the pacing was off at times and some lines were flubbed, which one assumes will correct itself as the run goes on). But because what George Kaufmann and Moss Hart writing together might have turned into huge laughs, Hart by himself could only wring small smiles from, they are simply asked to do too much. Too many characters are turned up to "11." And we are left at times feeling as much outsiders in all of this as the "extra" playwright Owen Turner, who can't even make Peter understand that he should never let someone else get in the way of his voice."
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Karen Topham


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