Why you need to see First Date at the Royal George Theater in Chicago

Why you need to see First Date at the Royal George Theater in Chicago

Chicago is an incredibly artistic city. Did you know that there are over 150 theater companies here?  On any given night, you can take in drama, comedy, classical, even kabuki.  All you need to do is look. In mid-February my husband and I had the chance to see the premier of First Date at the Royal George Theater on Halsted street in Lincoln Park.  I’m still new to this play business, but from my short history, this is one of the most entertaining musicals I’ve seen.

First Date had it all: comedy, intrigue, awkwardness and a lot of commonality with the audience.  Both the writers and actors did a great job of luring the audience in by presenting situations, whether uncomfortable, unlikely, or unfavorable, that we have all been in before.

Who knew a musical could be so funny? 

The actor’s passion jumped out at us. The set design was perfect for the story as it was set to resemble to a trendy bar/restaurant scene in Chicago, where many of us may of had our First Date.  The main couple, who were on a blind date, were elevated and center-stage, with two other couples (who were supposedly just dining at the restaurant/bar) in the corners  of the scene.

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But there was a twist. The two other couples were not only a part of the bar setting, but played various roles from friends of the main characters (pictured above), to the character’s thoughts. The waiter/love crooner also played his role spectacularly and was highly engaging.  But the show stopper was Reggie, played by Adam Fane and pictured below. Reggie is the main character’s gay “bestie” that keeps calling as her courtesy bail out call.

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There are a few choice words, and some simple innuendo, but this is definitely a musical you can take a group of coworkers or even your parents to see.  As we walked out of the theater, my husband immediately said, “we need to see something else at this theater or with these writers, with these actors, maybe all of the above?” I agreed.

If you’re looking for something fun and different, see this musical.  If you’re on a first date, it’s actually the perfect thing to do.  The play will eliminate any of the awkwardness for you.

The March performance schedule is as follows: Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 7:00 and 9:30pm Saturday at 5:30 and 8:00pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets range from $15 to $59. Visit www.firstdatechi.com for tickets and more information.

For a spectacular night out, head over to Balena for dinner and valet there for the show. For more restaurant recommendations in Chicago, click here!

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