Off Broadway with a Goose

Nothing says good entertainment like a live musical production of a fine old story. Mother Goose loves to clap and flap her wings when the actors get it right on the stage, and last night the cast and crew of The Baker’s Wife did a FINE job of entertaining us at The Circle Theater in Oak Park (many hundreds of miles off Broadway….).

Off Broadway

From the moment we walked in the front door, our senses were assailed by the promise of a good show. They even provided the wonderful aroma of baking bread as we waited for the play to begin! (It’s a blessing to have a bread machine at the ticket counter! It whets your appetite for the story to come.)

The stage was set so nicely in bright colors to show the French village where the townspeople waited for the arrival of their new baker, Amiable Castagnet. He is a jolly old baker who is, of course, recently married to a young and beautiful woman named Genevieve. The scene is set, the music is amazing and the story is brilliantly acted out by some hilarious and memorable characters.

We could smell bread baking.

There were many lovely musical numbers, but the one I loved the most was sung by Amiable after his wife has left him to go off with the young gigolo, Dominique. It’s called “If I Have to Live Alone” — it was sad and sweetly sung by Chicago area theater veteran Chuck Sisson.

There was much in the storyline about marriage — commitment, staying in love, and forgiveness. Stephen Schwartz’s music and lyrics were wonderfully suited to this comedy.

Technically, Mother Goose is not a reviewer of dramatic presentations on the stage or silver screen. Because Mother Goose loves EVERYTHING she sees, her powers of criticism and analysis are weak in their scope. That’s just part of being a goose — we just go along honking our approval of all loving attempts to make the world a better place.

And that’s a blessing.

It's not often performed, but if you get the chance, see The Baker's Wife.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunn
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 18:32:28

    It sounds like this night out on the town was more suited for a goose! What fun! Thanks for sharing!


  2. ElizOF
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 04:32:53

    Well said and please pass the bread! 🙂


  3. Dianna
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 05:41:26

    Sounds like a much more enjoyable evening out than the one you wrote about previously!


  4. yearstricken
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 17:28:01

    Entertainment with fresh bread! I would love that. You are so funny about your honking your praise for everything.


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