Lucky Plush Productions in Rooming House (photo courtesy of Lucky Plush Productions).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Chicago’s Lucky Plush Productions will make its Kennedy Center debut next spring bringing Rooming House, the critically acclaimed dance/theater “whodunit” to the nation’s capital, May 2-4, 2019, as part of the center’s 2018-19 Ballet and Contemporary Dance Series.
Co-created by Lucky Plush Artistic Director Julia Rhoads and Leslie Buxbaum Danzig with original music by Michael Caskey, Rooming House received its world premiere last November to substantial critical and box office acclaim at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre.
Marrying intimate conversations among friends with the tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Rooming House asks what makes a person do something that could lead to shattering and irreparable consequences. Rooming House shifts between dynamic choreography, casual speech and comedic wit in a highly theatrical trademark style.
Last fall’s premiere sold out its entire three-week run at Steppenwolf.
For tickets and information to the D.C. premiere of Rooming House at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, visit kennedy-center.org.
Closer to home, Lucky Plush returns this week to Chicago’s Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, with Tab Show, Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m. The program opens with Rink Life, a dance theater work loosely inspired by classic roller rink culture, with a sound design entirely generated by the performers and built upon disparate fragments of information - partially overheard conversations, musical scales and pop-song earworms. Act two is comprised of Curb Candy, an all-new re-mix of excerpts from several of the “greatest hits” in the Lucky Plush repertory including Surrelium, Endplay and Punk Yankees.
Tickets to Tab Show are $25-$70. Purchase online at HarrisTheaterChicago.org, or call the Harris Theater Box Office, (312) 334-7777.