Posts in category "Event Reviews"

Live Lit Review: Curbside Splendor Presents: Words+Music #5

Contributing writer Lisa Mrock reviews Curbside Splendor Publishing’s reading/concert series, Words+Music for Chicago Literati.    It’s not often one can listen to famous people for free unless they’re paying attention. Since I work a lot of jobs that somehow equate to most of my week being spent on a computer, I keep my eyes open and keep a close... Read more »

Story Week With Cristina Garcia: A Review By Kathy Mathews

Today’s review comes from a new source, Kathy Mathews, a fellow ChicagoNow blogger. Kathy taught Spanish and French full time in Illinois public schools for 35 years. After surviving that, she figured she could take on anything. She is an Adjunct Spanish Professor at South Suburban College, a reading fool and a quilter and sewer... Read more »

Story Week and 2nd Story: A Powerful Combination

  Sometimes, reviews end up as an equal amount of the thing itself and the person reviewing it. This will be one of those, so let me tell you a little about me. I’ve been coming to Story Week since 2009, volunteering since 2010. While I’ve missed a few of the 2nd Story events, I... Read more »
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A "Disaster" of Comedic Proportions

A "Disaster" of Comedic Proportions
By David Karp No one wants to see their show destroyed by lousy acting, bad plot, or other mishaps that could potentially plague a theatre show. This is the exception. Created by Ben Vigeant and Greg Guliano, “Disaster!” is a hysterical mess of a show presented at the Public House Theatre on the third Wednesday... Read more »

A Tuesday Night with Pungent Parlour: A Reading Series Review

A Tuesday Night with Pungent Parlour: A Reading Series Review
By David Karp I arrived at the Black Room Pub and Kitchen up north, not knowing what to expect from the reading series I was about to attend, as I hadn’t gone to a reading series since college. Not that I have anything against readings of course, but I was a little rusty with attendance,... Read more »

Moral Hazard: A Sketch Comedy That’s “Too Big To Fail” You

Moral Hazard: A Sketch Comedy That’s “Too Big To Fail” You
By David Karp I had the pleasure this weekend to go see Moral Hazard at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy. The show, performed by Chicago’s own Walt Delaney and Chandler Goodman, is a rather clever sketch comedy show exploring America’s recent economic collapse and how we got there. Delaney’s story which follows him from recent college graduate... Read more »
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Endlings: A unique, “aggressive” form of theater

Endlings: A unique, “aggressive” form of theater
Four strangers wake up startled and terrified in a dark room meant to resemble a box; I cannot help my first thought jumping to the film Saw and wondering if someone is about to be brutally murdered by some contraption. However, there are no props on the stage, colorful lights, or costumes, just four bodies... Read more »

Hump Night: Not a sex show. Better.

Hump Night: Not a sex show. Better.
Let’s talk about community. The thing that I love about this city, even with all of its shortcomings (that was a dig at Rahm, I just want to make that clear. Because he’s short), is there is a huge live lit community here. Look at Story Studio, working just to create that, look at us... Read more »

Review Me the Head of James Franco...

Review Me the Head of James Franco...
Bring me the Head of James Franco, that I may Prepare a Savory Goulash in the Narrow and Misshapen Pot of his Skull. That is the longest and best goddamn title of a one man show ever. Warning: this review is going to be expletive laden and will contain several asides to my own life... Read more »
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Words + Music 3 at the Empty Bottle

On Tuesday Night, the Empty Bottle hosted the third installment of Words + Music, to honor the release of new books by Joe Meno, Lindsay Hunter, and Rob Roberge, three beloved Curbside Splendor and Other Voices Books authors.     The crowd was excitable and chatty, but Joe Meno captured everyone’s attention with the first... Read more »