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  MilkMilkLemonade at Chicago Dramatists


Chicago Dramatists
1105 W Chicago Chicago

MilkMilkLemonade is the story of 11-year old Emory, who dreams of being a singer and a dancer. His plans to ribbon dance his way to television's "Reach For The Stars" are thwarted by his Nanna, who is determined to mold Emory into a normal American boy, and erase his days of Jazz hands and Nina Simone covers. A children's play definitely not for children, MilkMilkLemonade is a queer pondering of gender, identity, and the need to dream up a world where you can be who you are.

Presented by Pavement Group

Thru - Apr 17, 2011

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $20

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

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  MilkMilkLemonade Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Cassy Sanders supplies kinetic direction, and the gender-bent Pavement Group cast is magnificent--especially Matt Farabee and Jessica London-Shields as the farm boy and his schoolyard-bully lover."
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Dan Jakes

Centerstage - Highly Recommended

"...But this gives the impression that this is A Serious Drama, when really it is a delightful romp. I mean, hello, the chicken does stand-up and the narrator sings Charlene, and I haven't even mentioned the live sound effects. Also, the gender switching in the roles of Nanna and Elliot is perfect for this show. The stellar cast and director Cassy Sanders bring Conkel's script to life in a touching, hilarious production."

Lisa Findley

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The wacky laughs temper the very real strain of seething anger and fear that can accompany growing up other. That’s the real trick of MilkMilkLemonade—kid stuff is always more adult than we’d like to admit."
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Kris Vire

Chicago Stage Standard - Somewhat Recommended

"...John Zinn (Nanna) and Jessica London-Shields (Elliot) are a stitch in their broad cross-gender roles, amusingly illustrating the small mindedness and hypocrisy of homophobia.  The less said about Cyd Blakewell's lame chicken stand-up routine the better.  I also have a hard time with the lighthearted attitude towards bullying and gay bashing, which is implied can be wiped away with a cool new dance routine.  Call me overly sensitive but hatred and teen violence are not laughing matters.  Despite a slightly bitter aftertaste, Matt Farabee's delightful performance alone nearly justifies a taste of "MilkMilkLemonade". "

Joe Stead

Chicago Theater Beat - Highly Recommended

"...If you’re in the mood for a queer campy comedy, you can’t go wrong with MilkMilkLemonade. Although it’s in the style of a children’s play, the production’s adult humor is not for kids. Yet, its message of self-love is suitable for all ages."

Keith Ecker

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