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Tony & Tina's Wedding
Tony & Tina are having a "trial separation" lasting from July 18, 2009 until November, 2009
For all the years I've lived in Chicago, I've avoided seeing this production because I was sure it was going to be cheesy and overpriced and that the food would be pretty bad. Guess what? It was cheesy and overpriced and the food was pretty bad.
It was kind of accidentally going to the wrong wedding, you don't know anyone, you keep looking at your watch to see if it's time to go yet, you head to the bar because you think maybe if I'm drunk, I'll find this funny.
That's not to say that no one in the audience was enjoying themselves, a rather large group of young ladies at a sweet sixteen party were posing for photos with the cast and doing the electric slide and the chicken dance. I guess I've just been to enough real weddings that were just like this one where I didn't really want to pay for the experience.
Located at Piper's Alley, 1616 N. Wells in Old Town, self park garage is the best option for parking, street parking is limited
Unique Suggestions: If you get roped into going like me and wonder what you have to wear, some people dress as if they are going to an actual wedding, otherwise business casual is fine. Or if you want to get in the spirit of things, wear a tight leopard print dress, preferably two sizes too small, bright red lip stick, tease your hair, pop in a couple of sticks of gum and you will fit right in ;-)
The food wasn't very good and the drinks were watered down, there are several good places to eat nearby including Adobo Grill in the same building either before or after the show.
Fun Alternatives: All kinds of good theater in Chicago, if you are looking for something funny, Second City, Zanie's, Comedy Sportz or IO are all good bets.
Once you go to historical...
Once you go to historical sites you don't need to go again. The John Hancock building is cool to go to but if you are afraid of heights don't go. After you go once you really don't have to go again. And be careful at the cheesecake factory, get some in the afternoon and save it cuz at night it's about a 3 hour wait.
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