My Wonderful Birthday Suit!
100 S. Racine Ave Chicago
n a Land Beyond the Rainbow, in a room overflowing with beautifully wrapped presents, three children explore their friendship, similarities, and differences at a magical birthday party. What follows is a story of learning through experience and communication; a story of redemption and forgiveness. My Wonderful Birthday Suit! includes music, puppetry and a visit to the splendiferous Thinking Tree where one is gently inspired to contemplate one's own words and actions. My Wonderful Birthday Suit! concludes with kindness, generosity and the sharing of a big, amazing present, symbolizing one of the work's major themes: that we as people are ALL gifts to be treasured and celebrated inside and out. My Wonderful Birthday Suit! advances the conversation from the common but outdated notion of tolerating differences to one of understanding, accepting, and celebrating our diversity. Recommended for Ages 4 - 7
Presented by Chicago Children's Theatre
Thru - Feb 18, 2018
||9:30pm & 11:30am & 3:00pm
||9:30pm & 11:30am
Show Type: Childrens
Box Office: 773-227-0180.
My Wonderful Birthday Suit! Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended
"...Clunie's script and staging builds in plenty of goofy physical interaction, including that "rewind" sequence, enhanced by a ragtime-inflected soundtrack. (David K. Samba created the soundscape for the show, with music composed by Ray Rehberg.) The show also allows the kids in the audience to anticipate what might happen, as when Wilhelm's Ooblahdah wrestles with the entirely kidlike urge to open the biggest present in the room when Ooblahdee steps out. "Don't think about it!" a young audience member seated next to me proclaimed."
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Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended
"...Though the production isn't particularly memorable for its tunes or voices, director-playwright Gloria Bond Clunie's kid-friendly parable refreshingly dispels the "I don't see race" myth and encourages young children to embrace skin color, not merely "tolerate" it."
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