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It's never too early to start thinking of ways to improve yourself through unattainable New Year's resolutions. I kid, but mostly our annual self improvement plans go above and beyond what we can feasibly achieve in a single year, leading to regret and shame. However, I'd like to propose some attainable goals for those who want to expand and enhance their theatrical horizons in 2013, but aren't quite sure where to start.

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1. Venture Outside of the Loop

It's not uncommon for people to assume Chicago theatre means those shows that play in the fancy 1,200-plus seat houses in the loop such as the Cadillac Palace, The Oriental and The Bank of America Theatre. I challenge you to venture outside of this zone and take in a show playing in one of our neighborhood storefront spaces, such as Redtwist Theatre, Mary-Arrchie or Steep (to name a few).   

2. Try a Show that You Know Nothing About

Taking the above resolution a step further, check out TheatreinChicago.com and select a show that piques your interest simply based on title and description alone. In other words: take a risk! 

3. Focus on the "Theatrical Now"

I find more and more that audience members around me have trouble focusing on the performance at hand (including myself). My personal resolution next year is to be more present during a performance, spending less time thinking about work and my to-do list and focusing on the moment at hand. I think this should go for everyone--escape in the moment and give yourself over to your imagination. 

4. Give Standing Ovations to Shows That Really Deserve It

One of my pet peeves is audiences who blindly give standing ovations to shows that don't really warrant such accolades. Not every performance deserves standing and shouting. At times, a hearty hand is all that's needed, and that's perfectly fine. Think for yourself and stand only when you feel it's warranted--don't follow the pack. 

5. Start a Monthly Theatre-Going Group

So what if your significant other hates theatre. Don't let that deter your opportnity to get out and see things. Organize an informal gathering of open-minded friends and dedicate, say, one Wednesday a month to checking out a show, where each person in the group is tasked with finding the show each and getting tickets (you all pay for your own ticket, of course). It's a great way to see new things and not feel compelled to please the hubby with safe choices.