My nephew Tyler’s first semi-professional big-city play opened this weekend in Chicago, so my sister, my mom and I made the trip to clap, laugh and hug. The play was a spoof of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Despite my never having seen any of those movies, he actually did make me laugh out loud – and his mother, his grandmother and I objectively selected him as the shining star of the show.
Chester and the Unbearable Burden was written, produced and directed by two of Tyler’s college friends. Tyler’s character – the villain, Dark Lord Molvak – was an endearingly obnoxious, gregariously murderous evil wizard. That’s him in the black robes with the big “M” on the front. The black costume against a black backdrop in a dimly-lit theater was a cruel joke to play on a photographer/uncle. Even so, I got to contribute some workable pics for their press kit. A few have already made it to an online Chicago theater review of the play (3 out of 4 stars — not bad!), and to the Harry Potter “Mugglenet” website review (which was very positive!).