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Chicago Theatre-Opera presents The Telephone & Hello Out There
The Piccolo Theatre
Evanston, IL
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Chicago Theatre-Opera presents The Telephone & Hello Out There
For its inaugural production, Chicago Theatre-Opera has chosen a double-bill of Gian-Carlo Menotti's The Telephone and Jack Beeson's Hello Out There.
With words and music by Menotti, The Telephone tells the tale of a 1950s city couple who can't reach each other because of the leading lady's obsession with her rotary phone. Ben is desperate to propose marriage to Lucy, but her need for constant contact with her friends continues to thwart his efforts.
With a libretto adapted from William Saroyan's play of the same name, Hello Out There takes us to 1950s Matador, Texas, where a young man has been jailed on a rape charge. The transient gambler tries to sweet-talk the jail's cook, Emily, into helping him escape. Is the rape charge trumped up? Will Emily succumb to his charms, and run away with him?
What happens when face-to-face, human interaction is stymied by social tools and societal differences? Are the dialogues about the potential negative effects of social media, and the rapidly disappearing middle class, really new discussions?
Performing the extremely dissimilar roles of Lucy and Emily is Chicago favorite, soprano Mary Lutz-Govertsen. Lyric Opera of Chicago's bass-baritone David Govertsen essays Ben and The Young Man, and the multi-talented tenor Paul Thompson appears as the husband of the supposed rape victim.
Both pieces contain music that is as spoken as it is sung, and are prime examples of the type of work that CT-O intends to offer, as performed by artists from multiple disciplines, who can inhabit the characters with fulsome artistic sensibilities. As the line between theatre and music theatre continues to blur, a new lyric theatre is emerging, unhampered by labels and preconceived notions of ownership. Chicago Theatre-Opera is excited to be part of the change.
Evanston's Piccolo Theatre is such an intimate space that the audience cannot help but be transported directly to the scene, elbow-to-elbow with the characters, inexorably linked to their struggles. Join us for this unique opportunity for timely, theatrical conversation.


The Piccolo Theatre (View)
600 Main Street
Evanston, IL 60202
United States


Arts > Opera
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Peter W.
Chicago, IL United States
Jun 06, 2015 3:59 PM
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Oak Park, IL United States
Jun 06, 2015 11:34 AM
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Oak Park, IL United States
Jun 06, 2015 11:34 AM
Catherine T.
Chicago, IL United States
Jun 06, 2015 7:13 AM
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Chicago, IL United States
Jun 06, 2015 7:13 AM
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