How the Hell (Cab) does Blank Canvas Theatre keep getting better? I don’t know the answer to that question, but I am drinking the Blank Canvas Kool-Aid! Hellcab is hilarious, well presented and moving!
The show opens on a simple yellow taxi in front of a beautiful Chicago cityscape (painted by Noah Hrbek). The Cabbie (Patrick Ciamacco) heads to his taxi to check in with the cab company and start a long day driving people to and fro. We experience his day from inside his cab as various personalities hail a taxi on a ‘normal’ winter day.
Ciamacco (Owner of Blank Canvas Theatre/Actor/Director/Jack-of-all-trades) stepped into the lead role less than 24 hours before opening night and is just incredible. He carries us through the full range of emotions in just 80 minutes. I didn’t see the original actor who was cast in the role, but I cannot imagine anyone else sitting in that seat.
The supporting cast was also incredible, each, stars in their own right. You’ll meet a religious couple, two lawyers, some crack heads, a really creepy dude, some obnoxious new yorkers, a drunk woman who is REALLY “in the mood,” a racist/sexist jerk and an architect. 22 roles played by a supporting cast of 6, all made possible by costume changes that would make Cher go, “ohhhh!” You will laugh, you will cry, you will be disturbed and above all, you will be entertained.
Due to strong language and adult situations, I would only recommend this show for teens and adults, not for kids. Blank Canvas Theatre continues to one up themselves, first Texas Chainsaw Musical, then Of Mice And Men, now Hellcab. It just keeps getting better. Hellcab is short and easy to fit into date night, don’t miss out! Tickets and info can be obtained at BlankCanvasTheatre.com!