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Originally from South Carolina, Leslie Silver earned her Journalism degree at Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and moved to the Big Apple right after school. After six years in the city she was ready for a change of lifestyle and weather and made the move to Austin. Leslie works in hospitality public relations and loves to take her experience of trying top-notch clients around the world and using those experiences to critique spas and restaurants all over central Texas.

Leslie is a Huge dog lover, outdoorswoman, avid reader and has a healthy obsession with the show Parks and Recreation. Though living in Austin for less than a year, she’s already experience quite a lot and can’t wait to learn, explore and write about everything she discovers in the next year.

Review Of Chess The Musical By Austin Playhouse and Summer Stock Austin

The musical “Chessis ending its run this week, so definitely get tickets ASAP if you were hoping to catch it before it ended. Put on by the Austin Playhouse and Summer Stock Austin, “Chess” is the story of a romantic love triangle between two competing players at the world chess championship during the Cold War. The two players are an American and a Russian so it makes it much more interesting and dramatic because of the timing of the championship.

The music in the show is by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvacus of ABBA and the lyrics are by Tim Rice of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Evita” fame. The songs were great and the black and white set was very attractive but nice in the way it subtly brought to mind the very game board that brings all of the characters together. The dancing was fun, but definitely not the main attraction on the smallish stage.

Cast of Chess the Musical

Full cast (Photo Credit: Austin Playhouse)

The performance is in a temporary theatre right now and, while the theatre is very intimate, I felt so bad for the actors and musicians as it was pouring on the night I went and it made it a bit hard to hear the show. The team took a five minute break at one point hoping the rain would slow down a bit.

The costumes were a lot of fun, and not something that’s usually noticed during shows (unless it’s really bad) but I thought the actress’ makeup was all really nice and pretty, yet not distracting in any way. The lead female had an extremely impressive voice, and the reporter performer was fun comic relief.

All in all, it was a fun show, and nice to see a musical that’s not extremely popular (such as your neighbor in the theatre singing along to Cats and Wicked every time you see them!). It was a interesting plot, set and great performance by Austin Playhouse and Summer Stock Austin.

Love triangle of Chess the Musical

Love triangle (Photo Credit: Austin Playhouse)

Chess runs through Sunday, July 22
Thursday-Saturday: 8 p.m.
Sunday: 7 p.m.

Mueller Temporary Theatre
1800 1/2 Simond Avenue
Austin, TX 78723

Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 512-476-0084 or online here.  Student tickets are available at half price.

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