Chicago Theatre Review
"Starting Here, Starting Now" at Theo Ubique
By Devlyn Camp
Theo Ubique at No Exit Café is currently presenting a vibrant cabaret performance of Starting Here, Starting Now.
The Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire story-song show takes on a 1970s atmosphere, right at home as a show first produced in ’76. The three-person show about various forms of love is set around a single bed where they charmingly disco and try to entreat each other for attention. Hillary Patingre is particularly charming. She’s quite funny and quirky, and completely capturing in her solo “Autumn.” Equally entertaining, Stephanie Herman is a total joy. She’s confident, silly and smart.
The second act is made up of more meaningful solo numbers, still focused around stories and love. The wonderful performances, and fantastic directing by Fred Anzevino, prove that the best kind of theatre is non-spectacle theatre. While no judgment is held against the big glittering Broadway smashes headed into town, the little cabarets like Theo keep us aware of what really matters.
STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW
Theo Ubique at No Exit Café
Now through November 6th
Tickets $25-30, available at theoubique.org
or call (800) 595-4849
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