A Tiny Miracle With A Fiberoptic Unicorn

On Saturday night, the entire family went out to Waukesha Civic Theatre to see their latest offering, A Tiny Miracle With A Fiberoptic Unicorn. Although WCT has produced several wonderful shows this year, we all agreed that this is the best show that they have done this season and possibly in even the last two seasons. Don’t let the title of this show put you off. If you enjoy quality live theatre like we do, you absolutely have to see this show.

The show takes place at Christmas time in Brookfield, Wisconsin in 1986. It follows 13 year old Louis Skolowski as he works up the courage to kiss the girl of his dreams, Carolyn. His path is littered with a myriad of distractions. His family is besieged with visits from both of his elderly Grandmothers; one extremely rough Grandmother that talks as if she were a sailor out on shore leave and the other sweet Grandmother suffering from mild dementia and imagining a non-existent youth spent in Poland.

Having grown up myself in Wisconsin in the mid-1980s, the show definitely struck a personal chord with me. I think the last time that I laughed so much at a show was when I saw The Foreigner a few years back. The 80s pop-culture on top of the references to places and events specific to Southeastern Wisconsin really made the show. Without giving too much away, there are a couple of moments in the play that are so serious that the comic momentum of the show is halted for a few moments. This is a relatively new play by a young playwright, Don Zolidis. If he were to rewrite those moments to come across a little lighter, this could be a truly exceptional show.

You don’t have to be a child of the 80s to enjoy this show. Both A.J. and Erin enjoyed it as much as Kristi and I did. I really believe that this show has broad appeal to all ages. Brian Zelinski is to be commended for once again directing a fantastic production.

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2 Responses to “A Tiny Miracle With A Fiberoptic Unicorn”

  1. Joan End Says:

    Thanks, Kurt for you very kind words. Joan End

    • Kurt Says:

      Joan,

      You and Fran are absolutely perfect for those roles. My son said that he really enjoyed your treatment of the scene with Louis in the bedroom. You turned a moment that could have been creepy into a very humorous situation.

      Break legs on the rest of the run.

      Kurt

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