Home at last – Chicago Reader

There’s a scene near the end of Albany Park Theater Project’s Homecoming (the company’s first live show since the pandemic began) where the cast sings “With a Little Help From My Friends.” That’s about where I wished I, like the audience members seated across from me, had remembered to bring tissues.

Sure, music is designed to hit us in the emotional solar plexus. And sure, seeing a multiethnic group of young performers come back from an enforced hiatus with such grace and soul was bound to make me feel soppy. But this show, featuring a quartet of “greatest hits” from past APTP ensemble-devised shows (2003’s Aquí Estoy, 2010’s Feast, 2012’s Home/Land, and 2000’s Motives for Not Drowning) works at multiple levels as it explores universal human connections between heart and head, past and future, dreams and the daily grind. 

Homecoming
Through 7/23: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3:30 and 8 PM, Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway, aptpchicago.org, choose your price ($35 suggested); many performances sold out, but a waiting list is available.

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