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  They're Playing Our Song at Rivendell Theatre

They're Playing Our Song

Rivendell Theatre
5775 N. Ridge Avenue Chicago

Hoping to find a new collaborator, award-winning composer Vernon Gersch meets the offbeat yet accomplished Sonia Walsk at his luxury Manhattan apartment. Vernon has already written music to one of Sonia's lyrics. The song is exceptional and it's clear something wonderful can come from this partnership. Before too long, they start a romantic relationship, move in together, and then the trouble begins. Complemented by Neil Simon's comedic writing and the songwriting team of Hamlisch and Bayer Sager, They're Playing Our Song is a story about the joy of falling in love and creating art.

Presented by Brown Paper Box Co.

Thru - Aug 20, 2017

Mondays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $27

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-334-7728

Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission

  They're Playing Our Song Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if the kitsch factor is embraced, but this Brown Paper Box Co. production, directed and choreographed by Daniel Spagnuolo, attempts to play it straight, with chintzy, piped-in keyboards and downplayed variations on book writer Neil Simon's zingers. In an attempt to mitigate the script's cheesiness, actor Dan Gold transforms Hamlisch from a nerdy savant into a sarcastic jackass, and as Sager, Carmen Risi doesn't fare much better, stuck with rake-effect gags that offer diminishing returns. The vocals in a few ensemble numbers shine, surrounded by two hours of schmaltz."
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Dan Jakes

ChicagoCritic - Somewhat Recommended

"...They're Playing Our Song is essentially a two-character show. Vernon and Sonia are the sole characters on stage; each character has a three-person Greek chorus acting as their inner voices. The Brown Paper Box Co's production uses pre-recorded music and a 70's flavored set. Basically, it is well-sung by Dan Gold and Carmen Risi with a tad too much use of the three-person male and three-person female Greek chorus. The over use of these six folks in dance routines was overkill. The choreography often coflicted with the mood of the song being sung. I'd advise cutting mush of the needless choreoraphy."
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Tom Williams

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...It is not often that I miss an opening. In fact, when it is a show that I enjoy, hardly ever! But with the crazy schedule of late, I was unable to attend the opening of Brown Paper Box Company's "They're Playing Our Song", Neil Simon's delightful little "two character" play (with choruses) that takes a look at the lives of a composer and a lyricist ,represented as if this was the real life story of Marvin Hamlisch (who wrote the music) and Carole Bayer Sager (who wrote the lyrics), which at heart, may be what it is all about."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...Itís great to see and hear this wonderful musical again, almost 40 years after it first opened in the Big Apple. Since then, the show has seen productions all over the world and itís become a staple among educational, community and regional theatres. An actorís director/choreographer, Dan Spagnuolo has created a very entertaining production of a charming show thatís loosely based upon the real-life relationship between composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Carol Bayer Sager. Itís a story about what it really takes for a satisfying collaboration, both professionally and personally. The production not only beguiles, it showcases the talents of eight of Chicagoís triple threats and sends audiences back out into the summer night smiling and humming."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...Theyíre Playing Our Song, the beloved near-biopic of storied composer Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line) and lyricist Carol Bayer Sager (ďThatís What Friends Are ForĒ) is now, sigh, a period piece, along with other remnants of the Carter administration. Hamlisch, like the musicalís fictional therapist Tannenbaum, has died. But, thankfully, this story and both of these artistsí delicious music live on."
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Barry Reszel

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...The show is dripping with human emotion and will certainly make everyone remember the feeling of falling in love, getting hurt, and not being able to get someone out of our mind. It has all the ingredients for a perfect theatre date night."
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Stephanie Dykes

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   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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