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  A New Brain at A Red Orchid Theatre

A New Brain

A Red Orchid Theatre
1531 N. Wells Street Chicago

Songwriter William Finn and playwright James Lapine (authors of Falsettos) penned this musical about a gay songwriter forced to reevaluate his life when diagnosed with a potentially fatal brain condition.

Presented by LaCosta Theatre Company

Thru - Aug 27, 2006

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 4:00pm

Price: $15-$25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 866-468-3401

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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Good casting goes a long way, too, and the voices don't disappoint. As the street urchin--talk about a non-sequitur character--Erika Brett Holleb (resembling a young Beverly D'Angelo) gets to show off some killer pipes. Jess Godwin is also noteworthy as a scarily intense nurse with the voice of a songbird."
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Nina Metz

Pioneer Press - Highly Recommended

"...You could walk right past and easily overlook the insignificant doorway at 1531 N. Wells St., almost invisible between the larger buildings on either side. Don't! You'll miss a delightful evening of theater. "A New Brain" is both whimsical comedy and a nearly non-stop musical from La Costa Theatre Company, with 32 catchy songs and clever lyrics by William Finn filling the 90-minute, intermissionless production."
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Beverly Friend

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"... Directors Greg Malen and Betsy Hansfield put a flawless cast through all the right moves and notes. Though Jonathan Hymen and Riley Thomas are too young to play midlife lovers struggling with a near-death experience, they've clearly grown into their parts. And the musical direction, by Thomas and Erika Brett Holleb, is so good it's scary."

Lawrence Bommer

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Here’s an oddly appropriate pairing: La Costa with its sophomore production and composer Finn with his signature balancing act between don’t-wanna-grow-up adolescence and gotta-grow-up adulthood. Though the company’s as green as Mr. Bungee—the frog suit–wearing kids’ entertainer for whom composer Gordon Schwinn pens silly ditties—the show’s appeal lies precisely in its refreshingly honest approach."

Novid Parsi

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