Review "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch": A BIG Family Lovefest!

  

Scene from Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch - Lifeline Theatre - photo by Suzanne Plunkett

    
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.

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