Grind: The Musical

Dream Theatre
556 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60616
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You are exactly my cup of tea

This is one of two shows at the Chicago Fringe that I saw twice. You know, you are at a theme park for a few days, then suddenly, it is your last day, so you want to race back to your favorite rides before vacation ends. So it was with Grind. On opening day of Fringe, I spotted all these young actors on 18th Street as happy as could be on the sidewalk near the Dream Theatre, and in unison they were singing "Getting to Know You" from the King and I. I beamed, but had no idea this was the Minneapolis cast of Grind. Their musical is cheesy, giddy, silly, and aw shucks -- exactly the kind of fluff you sometimes want to see. Some lyrics were lost to loud keyboards. Some lines were spoken lickety-split fast. Some of the staging was blocked too far back at the register counter, yet this was a sincere effort, with hints of Rent, Godspell, and Sleepless in Seattle percolating in the mix. On another trip to the Dream Theatre, I caught the bizarre Knee Jerk, which ended with no bows, but finished with the taped music of "Getting to Know You." Returned to Grind on closing night of Fringe, and the beautiful curtain speech proclaimed "this is our last night of our 4-city tour. This is our 20th performance. Together, we all say, that this has been our best summer ever." Good job, one and all.

You are exactly my cup of tea

few days, then suddenly, it is your last day, so you want to race back to your favorite rides before vacation ends. So it was with Grind. On opening day of Fringe, I spotted all these young actors on 18th Street as happy as could be on the sidewalk near the Dream Theatre, and in unison they were singing "Getting to Know You" from the King and I. I beamed, but had no idea this was the Minneapolis cast of Grind. Their musical is cheesy, giddy, silly, and aw shucks -- exactly the kind of fluff you sometimes want to see. Some lyrics were lost to loud keyboards. Some lines were spoken lickety-split fast. Some of the staging was blocked too far back at the register counter, yet this was a sincere effort, with hints of Rent, Godspell, and Sleepless in Seattle percolating in the mix. On another trip to the Dream Theatre, I caught the bizarre Knee Jerk, which ended with no bows, but finished with the taped music of "Getting to Know You." Returned to Grind on closing night of Fringe, and the beautiful curtain speech proclaimed "this is our last night of our 4-city tour. This is our 20th performance. Together, we all say, that this has been our best summer ever." Good job, one and all.

Our best summer ever

This is one of two shows at the Chicago Fringe that I saw twice. You know, you are at a theme park for a few days, then suddenly, it is your last day, so you want to race back to your favorite rides before vacation ends. So it was with Grind. On opening day of Fringe, I spotted all these young actors on 18th Street as happy as could be on the sidewalk near the Dream Theatre, and in unison they were singing "Getting to Know You" from the King and I. I beamed, but had no idea this was the Minneapolis cast of Grind. Their musical is cheesy, giddy, silly, and aw shucks -- exactly the kind of fluff you sometimes want to see. Some lyrics were lost to loud keyboards. Some lines were spoken lickety-split fast. Some of the staging was blocked too far back at the register counter, tyet his was a sincere effort, with hints of Rent, Godspell, and Sleepless in Seattle percolating in the mix. On another trip to the Dream Theatre, I caught the bizarre Knee Jerk, which ended with no bows, but finished with the taped music of "Getting to Know You." Returned to Grind on closing night of Fringe, and the beautiful curtain speech proclaimed "this is our last night of our 4-city tour. This is our 20th performance. Together, we all say, that this has been our best summer ever." Good job, one and all.

RE:Very Cute and Touching

The cast had a lot of energy in this musical, and I enjoyed many of the songs involving creative coffee lyrics. The characters were all intriguing in their own ways. My favorites were the End of the World song by the "Evangelizer" character and a reconciliation song between a brother and sister. However, I thought the plot wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly at the end.

Very Cute and Touching

The cast had a lot of energy in this musical, and I enjoyed many of the songs involving creative coffee lyrics. The characters were all intriguing in their own ways. My favorites were the End of the World song by the "Evangelizer" character and a reconciliation song between a brother and sister. However, I thought the plot wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly at the end. Go see it though - was fun.