**** Highly Recommended **** “Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure” is a certified hit in my book! Although the new production at Lookingglass might seem light and frivolous at first glance, it actually deals with some serious and provocative topics. “Thaddeus and Slocum” is a show that makes classification difficult. It has music, but it’s not a musical; slapstick humor, but it’s not a comedy. At any rate, it is an insightful and thoroughly delightful glimpse at vaudeville in 1908. There are lots of Chicago specific references, even a scene where happy fans cheer because the Cubs won the World Series. “Thaddeus and Slocum’ got to me, so I give it 4 Spotlights.
“Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure” runs through August 14th at Lookingglass Theatre, located inside Chicago’s historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan at Pearson, Chicago. Running time is 2 hours, 15 minutes, with an intermission. Performances are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm; Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. Check with the Box Office for specific dates for matinees and Sunday evenings. Tickets range from $40-$75. If you’re under 35 (I.D. required), your cabaret seat will be just $20. Discounted parking is now available at 4 venues: John Hancock Center Self Park; Olympia Centre Self Park; Asbury Plaza; Water Tower Place. Be sure to get your ticket validated at the box office. FYI (312) 337-0656 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org.
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