Catch Still Dance With Stars before it heads to NYC

| September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Dance The Stars 17-001The NYC-based New Light Theater Project brings Still Dances With Stars for a limited run on the Chicago Dramatists stage. New Light Theater Projects describes itself as an ensemble-driven theater company which strives to capture the Little Theater Movement (artistry over commerce; producing new and classic works) in the NYC indie theater community.

This world-premiere product is a terrific example of New Light Theater Project’s mission. Highly-acclaimed playwright Jayme McGhan creates a layered story about love and loss that is surprisingly funny and deeply romantic.  Still Dances With Stars tells the story of  James and Anne, a couple whose proposal story made them internet sensations. As with many who had a moment in the spotlight, real life turns out to be a lot more complicated and difficult than their proposal video might anticipate.

Using a clever pretext, their story is told through a box of stuffed animals won at different festivals and carnivals. Hope the Hippo holds a special place in their relationship. She reminds them of the moment Anne told James that they were about to become parents.

Still Dance the Stars hinges on the ability of the stuffed animals to come to life in a way that advances the story without becoming cliché. As soon as we realized Hope’s true purpose, we fell in love with the character. Those feelings were a reaction to actress Ariana Sepúlveda’s charming portrayal. She was charming and wise and innocent all at the same time.

“This play takes the idea of heartache and infuses it with comedy and dance, creating a storyline for the whole audience to enjoy,” says McGhan in a press release. “This story brings to life a couple’s biggest struggles and triumphs in a unique yet relatable fashion. It is a performance you will most definitely not want to miss.”

Still Dance the Stars is the recipient of the renowned Chicago Dramatists’ Grafting Project, a project designed to partner with theatre companies to produce Resident Playwright’s world-premiere plays.  The limited time engagement is only on stage through September 16 at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W Chicago Ave in Chicago. There is plenty of free street parking near the theater.  Tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, visit

After its limited Chicago run, Still Dance the Stars will move to NYC for an off Broadway run. Be sure to see this terrific show before it leaves town.

Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of Tom McGrath for  Still Dance The Stars.
Disclaimer:  I did receive media passes to attend the show. My words and opinions are my own.

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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