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Chicago Folks Operetta presents The Cousin from Nowhere

  • Stagae 773 1225 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL, 60657 United States (map)

The Cousin from Nowhere is a German operetta by Eduard Künneke that premiered in Berlin in 1921.  It’s a light, charming romcom with few pretensions but much to enjoy.  The plot is simple in outline though convoluted in almost Gilbertian way.  Julia is an heiress under the guardianship of her aunt and uncle and about to come of age and, thus, come into the fortune that hitherto the older couple have been able to enjoy.  She is in love (or thinks she is) with her third cousin twice removed Roderich, who left to make his fortune in the East Indies seven years ago.  Aunt and uncle scheme to marry her to their nephew August.  Various more or less improbable plot twists involve August impersonating Roderich and successfully winning the heart of Julia while Roderich returns and falls instantly in love with Hanna, Julia’s bestie.  It all ends happily.  The music is not unlike Viennese operetta with some nods to jazz and popular post war dance music - a well crafted light entertainment.

DIRECTED BY ELIZABETH MARGOLIUS AND CONDUCTED BY ANTHONY BARRESE.

Tickets $25/$35/$40