Burnett takes the stage at the Chicago Theatre

Kaitlyn Steinhiser, News Reporter

On May 20, 2016, legendary actress, musician, and feminist,  Carol Burnett, came to the Chicago Theatre to put on a performance of her question and answer show, “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection: Where the Audience Asks the Questions.”

The lobby of the theater was filled with posters promoting her new memoir. The house itself had a relatively basic layout. The curtain was down, and there were no extra set pieces on the thrust.

Just as the curtain was beginning to raise for the beginning of the show, an elderly man fell down the stairs leading up to the highest balcony in the theater. As the lights dimmed, members of the audience shouted for the show to hold, and the ushers obliged. The paramedics were called, and, right before the curtain finally began to fly out, the theatre announced that the venue had the situation under control.

When the curtain was gone, the only items on stage were three rugs and a projector screen. After the lights dimmed, clips of q and a sessions from Burnett’s revolutionary variety show were projected onto the screen. The montage eventually ended, and Burnett took the stage. She immediately explained that this would have the exact same format as her old q and a sessions, and that there were ushers throughout the audience with microphones for the audience.

Questions were asked about her early appearances on the Gary Moore Show, her co-stars on her own variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, her performance in Once Upon a Mattress, and her personal life today. Burnett even played clips for that had to do with some of the questions asked.

She ended the night by singing her signature, “goodbye song,” and the curtain dropped as she waved to the crowd.

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