Fulton Street Sessions

By TUTA

Directed by Zeljko Djukic

Chicago - February 23 - March 25 2012 - Chicago Dramatists
(World Premiere)

Featuring

Ensemble : Kirk Anderson
Ensemble : Jaimelyn Gray
Ensemble : Stacie Beth Green
Ensemble : Trey Maclin
Ensemble : Jacqueline Stone

 

Music Direction : Wain Parham
Scenic Design : Brandon Wardell
Costume Design : Natasha Djukic
Lighting Design : Keith Parham
Sound Design : Chris Kriz
Properties Design : Joel Lambie
Stage Management : Shannon Reilly
Artistic Director : Zeljko Djukic


REVIEWS

★★★...Call it charming or strange, TUTA Chicago cabaret is the real deal...Plenty of cabarets claim eclecticism. But I submit that "Fulton Street Sessions," a little cabaret very much in the more eclectic Eastern European tradition of the word, is the only show on the planet where the song set ranges from "I Just Called to Say I Love You" to "Nearer My God to Thee" to "Black Betty," replete with an especially notable "bam-ba-lam." 

- Chicago Tribune (Full Review)

 

"It's an always surprising 80 minutes that will keep you slightly off balance  — as good theatre often does  — and will keep you always engaged."

- Dueling Critics, Eight-Forty-Eight, WBEZ 91.5 (Full Review)

 

"This TUTA show grew out of improvisational sessions, but be assured there is nothing raw or unpolished in its subtly assembled, expertly performed collection of scenes that, at turns, suggest isolation, incomprehension, disorientation, lowgrade torture, erotic distraction, competition, forced conformity and many other trials and tribulations in that farce we call human existence. And the decidedly individualistic performers — Trey Maclin, Stacie Beth Green, Jamielyn Gray, Jacqueline Stone and Kirk Anderson — are ideally in synch with each other and the quirky material of their own making." 

- Chicago Sun-Times (Full Review

 

"TUTA is hosting a gathering and everyone is invited.  FULTON STREET SESSIONS is a TUTA party where they supply it... BYOI: Bring Your Own Innovation."

- Fourth Walsh (Full Review)

 

"Fulton Street Sessions is a great night of theater. The blend of music, comedy, and empathy makes for a challenging and exciting night. Go see it and take a friend. Those easily offended should be the first to go! This lays bare all of the fake B.S. that engenders such delicate sensibilities. Loved it!" 

- Chicago Theatre Beat (Full Review

 

"Fulton Street is an inspired bit of silliness."

- Centerstage.com (Full Review)

 

"...we can all bask in TUTA's trademark musical interludes, performed with professional panache by the cast and concluding with a springtime madrigal reconfigued to the rousing, foot-stamping, hand-clapping, drum-beating tempo of a Klezmer orchestra to send us home through a winter not yet fully departed."  

- Windy City Times (Full Review)

 

"One hears the phrase "cabaret-style production" and immediately thinks of pantomime, piano, poetry readings and pretention.  Thankfully, TUTA Theatre Chicago's highly unique and often thrilling production is non of these things. In short:  this ain't your mother's experimental cabaret."  

- Huffington Post (Full Review)

 

"The performers are engaging throughout, and there are moments of real brilliance."

- TimeOut Chicago (Full Review)


TUTA is partially supported by Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, The Light A City Fund, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, City Arts I and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, The Saints, and Promet Source.