CMU School of Drama

Friday, September 30, 2016

Don't judge — 'Tony n' Tina's Wedding' is a blast

Chicago Tribune: An Australian friend of mine used to edit the Down Under edition of "Rolling Stone." I was surprised to hear she had quit such a seemingly glamorous job, but she said that, one day, she had been pitched something on some newly hot musical genre — punk or ska or something — and realized that she had been there the last time it came around. Time to go, she decided. I thought — no cheers, please — that there was a reasonable chance that the reappearance in Chicago of "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" might be that moment for me.

1 comment:

Ruth Pace said...

As someone who wishes to work in entertainment despite having been raised in an "entertainment desert" (no tv, little popular music, and no magazine subscriptions), I have little concept of the odd nostalgia associated with long-running shows, children's cartoons. That being said, the writer of this article does a very good job of illustrating why revisiting this particular show is both still relevant and enjoyable all these years later, but also the sensation that comes with seeing one's favorite characters once again grace the stage.
While I imagine improv is a different animal than, say, Spongebob Squarepants, this author uses the same tone when describing plot points as young adults around my age use to describe the antics (or their memories of those antics) of their favorite animated underwater invertebrates. This author, however, is unclouded by nostalgia when describing the improvement and growth of Chicago's improv scene, which they observed in its infancy. In this regard, the author uses a proud, almost maternal tone to describe the scene's growth and relative maturity.