Eli Branson leads the dance in "The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee"

Eli Branson leads the dance in “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee”

UnBEElievable Fun at the Drury Lane

How do you spell FUN, for me it’s D-R-U-R-Y -L-A-N-E! My favorite Theatre in the burbs has done it again with a hysterical new production of “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee” The Tony-Award winning play is about much more than just a “spelling bee” (though many would argue that “spelling bees” are about much more than just “spelling bees.”) Anyway, the play is about a group of “overachievers” who are striving to become the “Champion of the Bee.” What transpires is a bittersweet foray into the world of adolescents that includes tales of loneliness, self-doubt, isolation and overzealous / absent parenting. But it is also charming as characters learn to trust their instincts, appreciate their unique differences and bond in the most surprising ways. But in the end, what makes this play truly triumphant is the brilliant way they incorporate audience members into the production by including  4 additional spelling bee contestants i.e.: 4 brave members of the audience. The improvised interaction between the audience members and the ensemble was delightful and had the audience ROARING with laughter. It’s been a long time since I have had so much fun at a live performance. So my suggestion, if you live around the Chicago area and are looking for a fun night out between now and August 17 ~ G-O to the Drury lane, you won’t be sorry! You can buy tickets by following this link or call the Box Office at 630-530-0111.

Here’s a behind the scenes clip of the performers at rehearsal…