After a successful 4 month commercial transfer to the Royal George Cabaret Theatre in Lincoln Park, Smokey Joe's Cafe is officially closed after tonight's last performance. This last weekend the cafe was visited by some amazing audience members, whether they be Tony-winning Chicago-based performers, or the everyday, wonderful theatre-goer.
It's a rare thing for a Non-Equity theatre company like Theo Ubique to have a commercial transfer of a show. In fact, with all its successes, Smokey Joe's Cafe was the first show Theo has ever had the opportunity to do this with. This last weekend was filled with memory-making performances, sentimentality and a few tears, but the friendships created with everyone involved will endure. That's the amazing and unique thing about theater - the relationships you create are lifelong.
One of the best moments of tonight for me was when the director Brenda Didier and the associate director/associate producer Steve Hiltebrand gave me the guitar I used in the show as a gift! It was a wonderful moment and one that I won't forget. It is a "Washburn" acoustic, which is interesting since the song "D.W. Washburn" is in the show.
It's always strange to stop performing a show, but we enjoyed it in the moment and I look forward to the future and continuing the friendships that were created.