|Address:||1010 Madison St, Oak Park, IL 60302, USA|
We came for the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in May 2015. Id wanted to see it year before, since Id seen that it was playing in New York (the theater was in the plaza across from Wicked). So I obviously cant compare the Oak Park production to any other, but it was, uncompared very good. There were certainly some obvious things that must have been different -- for instance, they asked for 4 volunteers from the audience to join the cast to fill up some seats. They picked really well, and the volunteers when I saw it hammed it up, and stuck around for a few rounds of the Bee. As for the paid performers, the singing and acting was good, the set was minimalistic, but didnt feel like it needed anything more, and the lighting and sound were overall good. There was one microphone issue. The lights also seemed like they were a little bit low, and didnt quite hit the actors faces, although maybe that was deliberate so they could see. It was fun that the theater was so small, every seat was a good one, and we could actually see everything, down to the facial expressions. The cast had a sense of humor when things came up (like the microphone issue, or the audience volunteers indicating a willingness to jump in for a number). Overall it was a very well put together production. The show was a fun one, although it got wayyyy darker than I expected. The ending was cheesy, but hey, its a musical. Anyway, all of this for under $20 or so per ticket. I had no idea Oak Park had such a theater scene! There was plenty of street parking. Theres a small concession area with basic offerings. The bathroom is small, only a couple per sex, but the intermission was long enough for everyone who needed the break. I think there were at least 2 venues in the playhouse because there seemed to be another show going at the same time as ours. Theres lots of highly-rated food around, too -- we went to Taste of Brasil -- yum!
Saw Shakespeares Comedy of Errors in the studio. Wasnt expecting it to be a completely black box show, but it was very good. Got a little loud at moments when everyone was talking at the same time, but not intolerable. If you sit in the front row, be open to performers possibly coming right up to you and putting a hand on your arm, knee, etc - wasnt expecting that!
Going to the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St, Oak Park, IL 60302 was a good time the production "The Putnam County Spelling Bee" we saw wasnt my groups favorite.
Very nice for the arts great area for after shows entertaining
Very nice place to visit
Great local option.
Local and pleasant