MY BOY to Run 5/30-6/7 at Gorilla Tango Bucktown
Nealshow Productions will present "My Boy," a world-premiere satirical dark comedy by Dave Satterwhite and Pat Radke. Full of bawdy humor and unexpected turns, "My Boy" runs Friday, May 30, 2014 and Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm as well as Friday, June 13, 2014 at midnight. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at gorillatango.com/bucktown or by calling 773-598-4549.
"Richard Harris' 'My Boy' is one of the weirdest pieces of pop music to go overlooked by music nerds and pop aficionados alike," says co-playwright and director Dave Satterwhite. "It's a dark, self-involved mess that depicts the Irish actor and singer at his histrionic worst." The record presents itself as a concept album - with synopses for each track on the back cover and all - but instead is filled with holes and very little plot within the songs themselves. "My Boy" fills in the album's many cracks with a spackle of absurdist humor and audacious embellishment.
The cast, comprised of several up-and-coming young Chicago actors, is complemented by 40-year Chicago theatre veteran Ed McGuire of the Saint Sebastian Players. "I was drawn to the show because of Richard Harris," says McGuire, 69. "I watched Harris on Carson with Sean Connery, Michael Caine, and Peter O'Toole."
As much as this loose adaptation of Harris' album pokes fun at Richard Harris, it garners most of its laughs at the expense of uppity dads, self-righteous miscreants, and witless chauvinists. "It stands alone primarily as a scatching sendup of the paternal impulse," promises co-playwright Pat Radke. "We can't wait for its descent upon Chicago. I'm sure we'll shock some and please most."