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  Sunset Boulevard at Ruth Page Center For Arts

Sunset Boulevard

Ruth Page Center For Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Pkwy Chicago

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. When impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive domain he is persuaded to work on Norma's "masterpiece," a screenplay that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras. Seduced by Norma and her luxurious lifestyle, he finds himself trapped in her clutches until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with shattering consequences. This Tony Award-winning masterpiece of obsession, romance and the Golden Age of Hollywood stars one of Chicago Theatre's most celebrated leading ladies: Hollis Resnik, making her Porchlight Music Theatre Mainstage debut.

Thru - Nov 24, 2019

Sat, Oct 19: 8:00pm
Sun, Oct 20: 2:00pm
Thu, Oct 24: 1:30pm
Fri, Oct 25: 8:00pm
Sat, Oct 26: 3:30pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Oct 27: 2:00pm
Thu, Oct 31: 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 1: 8:00pm
Sat, Nov 2: 3:30pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Nov 3: 2:00pm
Thu, Nov 7: 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 8: 8:00pm
Sat, Nov 9: 3:30pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Nov 10: 2:00pm
Thu, Nov 14: 1:30pm
Fri, Nov 15: 8:00pm
Sat, Nov 16: 3:30pm & 8:00pm
Thu, Nov 21: 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 22: 8:00pm
Sat, Nov 23: 3:30pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Nov 24: 2:00pm & 6:00pm

Price: $39-$66

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 312-337-6453

Running Time: 2hrs, 15mins; one intermission

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  Sunset Boulevard Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Michael Weber, the director, has built his marquee fall production around his star, even giving her the safety net of two of Chicago's most generous baritones, Larry Adams, who plays the house-servant Max Von Meyerling, and David Girolmo, who plays Cecil B. DeMille. Adams, a formidable singer who has the bigger of the two roles, shrewdly removes most of the usual bombastic camp from this Germanic enabler and focuses on his own, much quieter vulnerability. Adams' Max is a man who loves hard, and the result is a very touching interpretation of a tender relationship that often is lost amidst all the gilt and gilded grandeur. You will, I think, be very moved by the two of them."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Joe Gillis understands that dreams always come with hidden dragons, especially in an industry built on monetizing dreams for mass-production. "Sunset Boulevard" peels back the curtain on the dream factory. It isn't pretty. But then as "Sunset Boulevard" so brutally shows, prioritizing prettiness can lead down a dark path."
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Catey Sullivan

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...Billy Rude makes a handsome, adept Joe, his pessimism balanced against his youthful ambition. It's a tricky role: By the end he's thrown away all self-respect and almost courts the tabloid ending that begins the musical. As Norma's ex-husband/director Max, the arch protector who will not allow "the greatest star of all" to "surrender," Chicago favorite Larry Adams combines a glorious basso profundo with a magisterial depiction of dogged devotion. Michelle Lauto radiates perfect perkiness as Joe's more suitable sweetheart. David Girolmo makes a dignified and wonderfully compassionate Cecil B. DeMille. Bill Morey's costumes are all the right relics."
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Lawrence Bommer

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...For the most part , "Sunset Boulevard" needs a large venue to be done effectively. Marriott Theatre's production on a somewhat bare stage and in the round was somewhat effective and now Porchlight with its smaller stage and a far more intimate space (The Ruth Page Center For The Arts) , under the direction of Michael Weber has pulled it off. Part of why this production works is the actors that have been cast in the major roles and the energetic ensemble that Porchlight attracts (and often finds)."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The biggest reason to see "Sunset Boulevard" is to bask in the glow of the Norma Desmond of the evening. If you don't have a Norma, you don't program this show. Chicago favorite Hollis Resnik is the revelation we all expected her to be in this role from the moment Porchlight announced the casting. Resnick's Norma tiptoes across a tightrope strung between infantilized fragility and uncompromising strength. With this character there is always a question of just how much whack-a-doodle needs to be tossed into the cauldron to be both respectful of the tale's genesis and honest in the telling. Weber and Resnick get the recipe just right."
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Aaron Hunt

WTTW - Highly Recommended

"...Aaron Benham's musical direction (and his orchestra of seven), is superb, as is the show's large ensemble of supporting actors. And Jeffrey D. Kmiec (unquestionably the hardest working set designer in Chicago) has crafted everything from a gilded staircase, to Paramount Pictures' front gate, to Schwabs' Pharmacy and soda fountain (the popular hangout for young Hollywood dreamers), while Bill Morey's costumes suggest both the glamor and the struggle in America's often cruel dream capital."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Recommended

"...The Porchlight production deserves an A for effort, and Hollis Resnik alone is worth a visit to the show. We may never seen her, at age 62, in such a vocally rich and dramatically complex role again. "Sunset Boulevard" is no musical theater masterpiece but it does provide a forum for a career-topping performance."
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Dan Zeff

The Fourth Walsh - Recommended

"...Still, Porchlight's SUNSET BOULEVARD is pretty solid. Resnik is a Norma worth experiencing. This world's waited long enough. Resnick has come home at last!"
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Katy Walsh

Chicago Theater and Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Fine acting by an excellent cast plus Bill Morey's costumes for Desmond and Max place the production in the "must see" category."
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Jodie Jacobs

PicksInSix - Highly Recommended

"...Making his main stage debut, Rude is flat-out terrific in the role of Gillis. Lauto's stunning vocals are a highlight and match perfectly with Rude's, and their star-crossed love story feels moving and real. Adams delivers a rich and memorable performance as Max. David Girolmo stands out as Cecil B. DeMille, and the ensemble bustles with youthful enthusiasm and talent-making Porchlight's "Sunset Boulevard" the show to see on-stage in Chicago. "
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Ed Tracy

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Porchlight's intimate SUNSET BOULEVARD is nonetheless a highly satisfying take on a show that originated as a grand spectacle. While the score may be short on toe-tapping numbers, Resnik's mature vocal power and the fine ensemble that surrounds her makes it a moving night of theater."
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Susan Lieberman

   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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