|Lifeline Theatre presents|
|Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch|
|Adapted by Frances Limoncelli
Based on book by Eileen Spinelli
Music by George Howe
Directed by Ann Boyd
at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood (map)
through Feb 27 | tickets: $12 | more info
Reviewed by Katy Walsh
Every day for lunch, Mr. Hatch has a cheese and mustard sandwich with a prune for dessert. He's predictable. Every day, his neighbors greet him with 'Hello, good neighbor!' Mr. Hatch ignores them. He's unsociable. One day, Mr. Hatch receives a mysterious package that changes everything. He's transformed. Lifeline Theatre's KidSeries presents the interactive family musical Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. A man isolates himself from the daily goings on of his pleasant community. He's miserable. Unexpectedly, he receives a Valentine's Day package with a note saying 'somebody loves you.' Who is his secret admirer? Not knowing the culprit, Mr. Hatch befriends everyone. Feeling loved turns him into a brownie-baking, see-sawing, harmonica-playing, good neighbor. When the postman delivers more news about the package, Mr. Hatch returns to 'normal.' What's a neighborhood to do? Lifeline Theatre's Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch is an upbeat, engaging, heart-warming Love Thy Neighbor 101.
Check out the rest of the review at Chicago Theater Blog.