The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks
Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Promethean Theatre Ensemble
February 26 – March 21, 2010
Presented at City Lit Theater

Cast: Devon Candura, Nathan Drackett, Will Hare, Erik Kaiko, Nick Lake, Jes Mercer, Michael Reyes, Peter Verdico

Production Staff: Aaron Benham (Music Director), Sharla Nolte (Stage Manager), Roger Wykes (Scenic), Kendra Bell (Costumes), Christine Ferriter (Lighting), Tyler Rich (Violence), Tyler Veronica Wilsey (Production Manager)

Reviews

The Fantasticks is Brilliant! Promethean Theatre Ensemble, performing The Fantasticks in the City Lit Theater, is certainly the company to watch in 2010, led by Artistic Director Beth Wolf….seamless production reveals its deep wisdom through song, dance, and true love of theatre.”
Ruth Smerling, Theatreworld, March 2010

Director Beth Wolf compels her cast to present one swift season in the lives of two lovers, bound (seemingly) forever by their interactions with their fathers and a series of actor-bandits, with simple forthrightness. Most importantly, Wolf brings out mesmerizing performances from Michael Reyes and Erik Kaiko in the duet, ‘I Can See It’ and emphasizes, as Luisa, Devon Candura’s burnished girlishness in numbers such as ‘They Were You.'”
Brian Kirst, Chicago Free Press, 3.11.2010

“The Promethean Theatre Ensemble, under the leadership of director Beth Wolf, got much of the musical correct. Her Fantasticks is worth a look….The actors win us over with their enchanting truthfulness. Recommended.
Tom Williams, Chicago Critic, 3.1.2010

“City Lit’s ragtag space serves it well, and Roger Wykes’s set design, featuring a stage platform rotated by hand, gives this production an enticing homespun quality. Musical director Aaron Benham, abetted on alternating nights by harpists Janelle Lake and Sandra Hobbs, performs Schmidt’s syncopated score with gusto. Devon Candura is a spunky, sweet-voiced Luisa, while, as daft players Henry and Mortimer, Nick Lake and Nathan Drackett knock about the stage with verve. Even if the show comes perilously close to busking, its modest scale has undeniable charm in an age of Broadway musicals designed to shock and awe.”
John Beer, Timeout Chicago, 3.11.2010

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Photos by Tom McGrath.

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