To the Wellesley 1971 Alums in Chicago Group:  

 

In eary October we will join for a fun weekend in Chicago, experiencing the city's treasures while we renew acquaintances and share our lives from then to now.  

 

You may know that Chicago in considered to be a major theater town with 100's of performing venues from storefronts to cavernous auditoriums, with works from pre-Broadway tryout to post-Broadway offerings and with a wide range of productions on stage at all times.  

 

To add another great activity to our itinerary (and as a self-described theatre-geek), I have reserved a group of tickets in Chicago's leading non-commercial theater venue, the Goodman Theatre, to a provocative performance of Bernhardt/Hamlet, a recent work by Theresa Rebeck, one of the most active and most honored current female playwrights 

 

About the play:  

High humor and human drama collide in a rollicking comedy “so clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts” (The New York Times). In 1899, legendary leading lady Sarah Bernhardt’s decision to assume the title role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet left critics and patriarchs aghast and indignant. Laced with forbidden romance and backstage gossip, this behind-the-scenes look at Bernhardt’s most ambitious role is a “dynamic character study” (Variety) of one of the most famous actresses—and infamous divas—in the world.

 

More about Sarah Bernhardt:  http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171214-sarah-bernhardt-was-she-the-first-a-list-actress

 

The play premiered on Broadway in September 2018 and here are some critic quotes from that production:

 

·                   "A MUSCULAR COMEDY ABOUT A WOMAN UNBOUND"

- The New York Times

·                   "A DYNAMIC CHARACTER STUDY"

- Variety

·                   "EXPRESSIVE AND PROVOCATIVE"

- BroadwayWorld

·                   A "BREAKNECK BACKSTAGE COMEDY"

- The New York Times

·                   "ONE OF THE MOST THRILLING ENDINGS I'VE SEEN IN YEARS"

- The New York Times

 

Where:  The Goodman Theatre is located in Chicago's theatre district, in the Loop, and only a 9-minute walk from our hotel.

 

When:  Friday evening, Oct 4.  The play starts at 8 pm, and, if you choose to add, is preceded at 7 pm by a Drinks and Discussion session where audience members are invited to hear a PlayTalk about the production while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine.  Earlier in the day we will have toured Chicago by motorcoach in the morning and visited the Art Institute of Chicago for a tour in the early afternoon.  There will be sufficient free time before the play for relaxation back at the hotel and a dinner (on our own but we will organize dinner at a restaurant near the theatre if there is interest).

 

Cost:  The block of tickets is in a prime location in the front of the mezzanine and are at the discounted group rate of $52.  We can also arrange tickets for anyone who prefers to sit in the orchestra.  

 

If you want to join the group:  Please respond to this message as soon as possible, and follow with a check for $52, payable to Wellesley College Class of 1971.  Friends/family/partners in Chicago are also welcome to join the group ... just tell me how many tickets you would like.

Glenda Starr Fishman

29 Fairmont Avenue

Newton  MA 02458

 

The initial deadline for guaranteeing seats together at the Theatre is Monday, August 26.  After that, tickets should be available but will not be in the Class block.

 

Please contact me with any further questions about this activity ... I look forward to a great evening at the Theatre in Chicago with our group.