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“Dreary Lane”
Review of Drury Lane Theatre

Drury Lane Theatre
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

First let me say that I am being kind about my average review, as the cast of Les Miserables really did give it their all. But the venue rates below average. Let me explain.

The theatre is located outside Chicago in the middle of nowhere necessitating a long car ride over boring interstate roads at rush hour, or alternatively through dodgy neigbouhoods at rush hour, you choose, but you have to drive as public transport is nil and a cab would be ridiculously expensive.

When you finally get there, in the middle of generica, you are at a large complex which includes a small conference center, theatre and hotel.

Once there, you have arrived at a destination totally devoid of charm, we found ample parking (unlike another reviewer), and managed to get same day tickets for about $50 which was fair value. We got there a little before 7 and hoped to eat after purchasing our tickets. There was absolutely nowhere within walking distance so we reluctantly chose to eat there. There were 2 choices, a prix fixe menu that is often sold as a package with the tickets or a so called lounge menu, both located in the cavernous space that is the foyer of the theatre. We never were able to find out the price of the prix fixe, but not being particularly hungry opted for the lounge menu.

Our waitress came promptly and we ordered drinks and a dish each, a sandwich, 2 burgers and some tacos - it sounded quick and simple, it was now around 7.05, so we expected to have time to kill. Our kind waitress soon brought us the drinks and some bar snacks while we waited for the food, and waited for the food, and waited for the food…. then the sandwiches and burgers came about 7:40 but no bugers. The poor waitress kept circling back and apologizing, finally at 7:48 the burgers arrived. 2 bites into the burger the lights started to flash indicating we should take out seats, 4 bites later the second set of flashing lights called us more insistently. We left half of our burgers on the plate and got up to take our seats.

The Theatre decor is camp, red velvet and chandeliers, but not camp enough to be fun. The shape of the theatre is such that many of the side seats are quite restricted views. The sound quality was abysmal. When the singers got louder, the volume not only increased exponentially, but got quite distorted. Not good at all.

The actual performance was good but not great, so an OK place to take your aunt for an evening out, but not a good place to take a more sophisticated friend. The cast did work hard but the sound system did absolutely nothing to help them. The choice of show is an old crowd pleasing classic, and the staging was somewhat predictable.

Considering you can get last minute tickets to excellent theatre in downtown Chicago for about $30 ( these were mexxtix at the Goodman theatre) I would not say this was particularly good value, and it was certainly not convenient.

If your old aunt Lizzie loves Les Mis and wants to go take her and have a good time - leave lots of time for dinner, and be prepared to be stuck in traffic on the way out.

After the theatre no where to linger for a night cap, or interesting cocktail - just bite the bullet and drive home 30 min to the city, so just as well you never had that post theatre drink.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Nice place but parking can be a challenge when full. There is a garage but not real close and needs to walk. It is a safe and nice area as well.

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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Decided to go to see Les Miserables at Drury lane to celebrate a milestone birthday. The performance was incredible. The acting and singing were fantastic. As usual Drury Lane as a venue was very nice, the theater was comfortable and inviting. My only comment is, at least for Les Mis, try to get a seat closer to the center. There are some pretty impressive set pieces (read large) on stage left and stage right which, if you have a seat close to the outer walls, it can restrict some of your view of the screen. We were in the 4th row, which made up for the restricted view because we were so close to the actors and could very clearly see all the emotions. Don't get me wrong, the restricted view wasn't bad, just slightly blocked a clear view of the projecting screen.

Overall the production is great, I would highly recommend it, and Drury Lane never disappoints! Can't wait to go back for another show!

5  Thank sgtdisney
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

We brought a group of 150 9th and 10th graders to this theater to see Les Miserables and they were all overwhelmed at the end at the beauty of this production. The theater is absolutely gorgeous and modern with bathrooms to handle large crowds at the intermission and well staffed. The actually delayed the opening curtain call by a few minutes for our group because we were late because one of our 3 busses had broken down. Wonderful experience!!! Would strongly recommend both this theater and this play!!!

2  Thank Ann C
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We really enjoyed our afternoon at the Drury Lane Theatre. We decided to do the package (lundh and show). The meal was good with a nice choice of starters and entrées. The theatre in itself is a nice size, not very big and every seat is a good seat. We saw Les Miserables (for the second time, the first 25 years ago in Chicago). This version may have surpassed the Chicago Broadway. The cast was fabulous and we felt close to them, we could hear and see them very easily. Very affordable on Thursday afternoon (free parking, 2 course lunch and theatre for $55 or 40 €). All in all, I might favor this theatre over the Chicago theatres.

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