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Rahm Emanuel spotted at play about Chicago history

March 4, 2011 | 12:58 pm


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.

In his review, Jones wrote that the play "captures this precise moment of Chicago's re-invention with such astonishing alacrity that you want Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and those jockeying to share his power to put down the reports, resumes and briefing books this Saturday night and head... to Belmont Avenue where they might ponder the living soul of the paradoxical town they will soon be leading."


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