“Are there miracles in life?…I for one know that there are. And because I know this, I recognize that there are dimensions of life that we do not understand and that we must explore. If we fail to examine publicly and persistently and collectively the innermost nature of life, we lose our right to call ourselves a society at all.” -Chesapeake
#75. Remy Bumppo presents CHESAPEAKE. Kerr is a performance artist. Therm Pooley is a conservative senator. Lucky is a dog. This is how they appear to the world. These are the roles that they are expected to perform in public. When funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is threatened, the trio’s lives collide in unexpected, life-altering ways. CHESAPEAKE is a fantastical journey of transformation.
I loved this show! Writing this review is particularly difficult because I want to chat about my profound experience. Artistically, emotionally, spiritually, I was blindsided in multiple realms. And because the awakening element of being exposed to this performance art is so powerful, I don’t want to reveal too much. I want the unforeseen to add to your impact. So, I will be brief and vague…
On the surface, Playwright Lee Blessing has written a comedy. The dialogue is witty. The premise is quirky. To enjoy it purely for the absurdity is superficially satisfying. But Blessing had something to say about art so he said it artistically. And under the masterful direction of Shawn Douglass, Greg Matthew Anderson adds his artistic interpretation and says it phenomenally. Anderson delivers a one man show bursting with character. He IS a dog and pony show sans the pony. Anderson shows an impressive and hilarious range as a poignant storyteller. Anderson effectively delivers gut-busting or heart-ripping lines. WOW! (Is it wrong that I want to rub his belly until his tail wags?)
Below the surface, CHESAPEAKE runs deep. The insight into a man’s life essences is wondrously thought-provoking. Where does art start and stop? Where does life start and stop? Where does humanity start and stop? I’m still reeling from the life lesson that nothing is black and white that everything is gray through a dog’s eyes. Go see CHESAPEAKE and then let’s chat!
Running Time: Two hours and fifteen minutes includes an intermission
At Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N; Lincoln
Written by Lee Blessing
Directed by Shawn Douglass
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:30pm
EXTENDED Thru May 6th
Buy Tickets at www.remybumppo.org