Rahm Emanuel spotted at play about Chicago history
Now that Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff, has won the Chicago mayoral election, he apparently has time once again to devote to leisure activities, at least until he assumes office in May. One of his recent nights out was to catch the new play "A Twist of Water," which deals with the history of Chicago.
Emanuel was spotted at a recent performance of the play, which is being produced by the Route 66 Theatre Company at Theater Wit, a small space in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. The Chicago Tribune reported that Emanuel sat on the aisle and appeared "deeply engaged." The Democratic mayor-elect also chatted with other audience members during intermission. (The Tribune report cited Steve Oxman, a theater critic for Variety who was at the performance, as its primary source.)
"A Twist of Water," by Caitlin Montanye Parrish, follows a widowed history teacher who is attempting to explain to his students the origins of Chicago. The teacher is also dealing with his relationship with his adopted daughter and a new romance in his life.
Emanuel's attendance was prompted by the Tribune's theater critic, Chris Jones. The critic gave the play a rave review on Feb. 25 and Emanuel attended the the following Saturday. Jones said Emanuel requested tickets after reading the review.
-- David Ng
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