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Dinosaur Zoo Live

" Youngsters who  love Dinosaurs will love this show,
an hour of hugs with teeth--BIG TEETH.
Highly recommeded."
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Theatre : Broadway Playhouse, Chicago Illinois
Dates : March 25, 2014 - March 30, 2014
Running time: One hour with no intermission

Feeding a Tyrannosaurus Rex is fun.

review by Ed Vincent

Our show ran more than an hour, but in that hour the audience had a wild fun time, and the kids who made it to the stage will have a lifetime of memories.  The entire theater was engaged and delighted.  The humor was aimed well at the adults and the kids too.

When the audience was asked to make the sound of Triceratops or request more dinosaurs on stage they all screamed with delight and anticipation.  It was a wild time for the kids and parents, and grand parents.

I would say the show is best rated for kids from 3 to 8 years old and adults with no age limit.  The kids are half the show.  It is a short run in Chicago and I would think it could get a home at the Field Museum for years, but it is only here for a week.

It is not an inexpensive show, but it is good.

Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO Live takes you on a tour through pre-historic Australia, bringing an eye-popping array of ancient creatures to life on stage. You will observe and interact with extraordinarily life-like creatures, just like those that inhabited the Southern Hemisphere millions of years ago. Meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs in their ancient environment, in this highly imaginative, entertaining and educational live show. From the sweetly curious baby Dryosaur, to the peaceful hulk Titanosaur, and even the teeth-gnashing T-rex -- Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO Live is a unique interactive theater performance that stimulates the imagination in a way that connects children to their world. Erth's large-scale puppets were developed in consultation with paleontologists, based on current science and interpretations of fossil evidence. Employing sophisticated design and electronics, these giants are brought to life by skilled performers and puppeteers, made all the more real through the magic of theatre.

Our VIP Package takes you inside the exciting world of ERTH'S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE. Enjoy a special pre-show meet and greet an hour before the show with the zookeepers dinosaur wranglers who will introduce you to some of the creatures in the show. You are invited to have your photo taken with the dinosaurs and you will receive a special Dinosaur Zoo Live gift and be seated in premium seating within the first 5 rows of the theater for the show.

DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE is an experiential theatre production which takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they get to meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet millions of years ago.  Featuring a large-scale cast of dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design and theatrical presentation and puppet mastery, these life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology in a fun and informative setting.  This monster production will feature sixteen dinosaurs on stage:  Children can watch and learn, but can also interact with the creatures in this fun, educational and unique presentation.

DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE is both entertaining and educational.  The Sydney Morning Herald says; ‘It’s a rare and pleasurable work that manages technical brilliance, cultural insight and enchantment all in one go.’  Time Out London loved it: ‘It’s a delight to come face to face with the genuinely unexpected in Erth’s thoroughly entertaining kids’ show.’

No one is safe from the action on stage, this mom was happy to get back to her seat after the invasion of huge flying insects.
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ERTH — VISUAL & PHYSICAL Incorporated (Creator / Producer).   Erth brings the impossible to life.  For over 21 years, the company has developed a truly fantastic aesthetic and an extraordinary box of tricks, the foundations of its unique visual theatre works. The company regularly tours internationally, to every major Australian festival, and to regional and major city venues around the country.  More than a million people have seen its dinosaurs in performance works such as Dinosaur Petting Zoo  and Dinosaur Zoo Live, and in museums.  Their works range from large-scale interactive environments, such as The Garden — a prehistoric landscape inhabited by giant insects which premiered at the Melbourne International Festival of Arts — to more intimate in-theatre works and roving spectaculars.  Dinosaur Petting Zoo has toured through Australia and overseas for four years and is now joined by I, Bunyip, and its cast of Australian Indigenous spirit creatures and their stories, which toured Australia nationally in 2012. The Nargun and the Stars, an adaptation of Patricia Wrightson’s novel, was commissioned by Sydney and Perth Festivals in 2009.  The company has also been commissioned by major museums including The Australian Museum, Auckland War Memorial Museum (New Zealand), Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), The Field Museum in Chicago, Science Museum Minnesota, Natural Museums Liverpool (UK), Naturalis (Leiden), National Museums Northern Ireland, Montreal Science Museum and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.  Most recently Erth commissioned work and supplied dinosaur puppets for the Field Station Dinosaurs Theme Park (USA) which launched in May 2012.  Erth’s design studio has built for a huge range of cultural institutions and commercial clients from Sydney Opera House and City of Sydney, to the primetime Spanish television program, ‘El Hormiguero’.  Erth was founded in 1990 in Ballarat, Victoria and is now based at Sydney’s CarriageWorks contemporary arts centre.

Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.

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Parking at the Drury Lane Water Tower is Convenient
and Better Priced than Public Transportation for Most.

The parking rate for theater patrons is $12.00 in the Water Tower
Place garage.  Validation passes are available in the box office,
and you can either insert the pass into the machines or present it
to the parking attendants when exiting the garage to receive the discount.
There is 5 hour limit on the discounted parking.

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