One of RSL’s finest residents is at the helm of a brand new show going up at the Chicago Cultural Center. Winifred O’Reilly is the director of Flamingo Beach Follies, a fun family show about auditioning for theater. It’s billed as a comedy with music, though Win is quick to point out that it’s not a musical. Expect grounded character development, a level of sophistication and many laughs. The show is delivered by the PRIMUS (pronounced Pree-mus) Theater, a company Win founded 19 years ago that is made up entirely of seniors 55+.
Flamingo Beach Follies is the latest of 19 plays Win has directed with the PRIMUS Theater. She hopes to do at least one more show to make it an even 20. She loves directing because she likes watching a show “come alive” and she enjoys the process of casting and placing performers in their roles.
Win’s son Ned O’Reilly is the show’s playwright. In fact, Win’s family is a modern day Partridge Family, a talented lot that spans four generations. Her mother was a musician and her father was a painter. Ned is one of Win’s 14 children, and all of them can sing, write and perform. Many of Win’s 37 grandchildren also have interest in theater, and though her great-grandchildren are quite young, there are already signs that they will carry the O’Reilly torch.
Flamingo Beach Follies runs from November 16 through November 20, with shows at 2:00 pm each day at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Randolph. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door or by calling 312-744-4550. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to laugh and be entertained.