Debating something for Chicago. Mom's Christmas present needs to be bumped up by about fifty bucks. I have stuff for her, and was going to give her an IOU which she can put towards jewelry in Chicago (which she will surely do).
However, she is also a fan of Occasions.
I went through the show listings for Chicago, and most of everything was closed. New Year's Eve there were things, but crazy expensive. I had resolved to spending the night in the swanky hotel room.
But checking out maps, I found the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. They're showing Pericles. I've never seen Pericles, don't know much about it.
The price range is certainly right, and it would be an Occasion.
But -- Mom is ESL, and hasn't done particularly well with Shakespeare. Which is perfectly understandable. I think her last play was Two Gents From Verona, and the thing she remembers most was the charming little dog.
I don't need to teach my Mom Shakespeare. That's not going to happen.
But -- by the Bard's standards, Pericles is (apparently) swift-going (although no run time is posted). My guess is that since it was a collaboration, directors feel much freer to cut stuff out. And there's pirates. And whores. And jousting. And multiple shipwrecks. So there will be a SHOW to go with the PLAY, as it were.
Still -- there's no sense buying tickets if she's not going to enjoy herself. The question is, then, will she enjoy herself just by being out and at a show, even if she doesn't understand it?