It’s Summer 1971 on Berwyn Avenue in Chicago. We’re bowling, boozing and bar-b-quelling. Two households, alike in dignity … the shimmer of the porch lights illuminates the Martini and Blahute houses. Harm and Gay Martini are about to celebrate 15 years of wedded bliss—and she hasn’t killed him … yet! Sin Blahute, age 10, moves almost as quickly as her imagination. Layaway at Sears is the thing to do, and when Gay doesn’t have enough for her shopping sprees, she just puts it on the charge!
The kitchen is the heart of the home and Gram is the spirit. Motown is grooving, The Carol Burnett Show is must-see TV and Vietnam is raging overseas. From the neighborhood watch committee meeting to the R&L Bowling Alley, blue collar living on Berwyn Avenue slaps you in the face in this all-puppet show. Laughter, tears, drunken debauchery … Berwyn Avenue has it all. A powerful combination of puppetry, story, music, imagery, special effects and humor makes this production profound, funny and playful.
November 20 - December 19, 2010