"The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn" (Strange Tree Group): "Back to the Future: The 1900s Version"

"The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn" (Strange Tree Group): "Back to the Future:  The 1900s Version"

The Strange Tree Group presents the World Premiere of The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn.

Brandon Ruiter and Stuart Ritter in Strange Tree Group's "The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn" by Elizabeth Bagby, directed by Thrisa Hodits. (photo credit: Emily Schwartz)Two brothers.  Two mothers. One dead dad.  Playwright Elizabeth Bagby’s story begins in a funeral home.  Joseph Mendelssohn is being mourned by his wife, her son and his son by his first wife.  The service is respectfully somber until his first wife shows up.  Then, it’s irreverently accusatory.  Alice abandoned her husband and son twenty years ago.  Now, she’s back claiming to be the love of Joseph’s life.  Her son Theo agrees with her.  And since he’s built a time machine, he decides to go back to the day his mother left and prevent her departure.  Nicholas opposes the idea because if Alice doesn’t leave, his mother won’t marry Joseph.  Without that marriage, Nicholas won’t exist. Or will he?

Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.

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