Category: Review

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 »

The cast of the stunning new web series Young Couple answer questions for Chicago Literati

The cast of the stunning new web series Young Couple answer questions for Chicago Literati
Fresh off the heels of last year’s wildly successful and much talked about play, The TomKat Project, Brianna Baker and Brandon Paul Ogborn are teaming up again: this time for the stunning new web series, Young Couple. What makes this collaboration even more genius is the added presence of the indomitable Mike Malarkey. Together, Baker, Ogborn and Malarkey are an epic... Read more »

Book Review: Eightysixed

Book Review: Eightysixed
I have never read a book quite like Emily Belden’s Eightysixed: Life Lessons Learned. It is an honest memoir, recounting Belden’s life as she moves through the uncertain days post college through her budding “adult” life in the land of deep dish pizza, hot dogs with celery salt and Malort. Emily tells us about what... Read more »
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Story Week Event Review: Literary Rock & Roll

Story Week Event Review: Literary Rock & Roll
Every literary festival has those one or two events everybody looks forward to. At AWP, they’re Page Meets Stage and the after parties. At the Printers Row Lit Fest, it’s Rick Bayless’ cooking demos. At Story Week, it’s 2nd Story and Literary Rock ‘N Roll, the latter of which fittingly takes place at Metro, arguably... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Something you probably missed in WWII history

Something you probably missed in WWII history
First, I think you should know. I am a history geek. I teach history, I read histories for fun, I listen to history podcasts while I do other menial tasks. So when I tell you that I enjoyed Arnie Bernstein’s book, Swastika Nation I want you to know that I was already in their target demographic. That being... Read more »

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 »
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How a scream-o band saves me on my darkest days

How a scream-o band saves me on my darkest days
Yes, you read that correctly. You probably just muttered, “Really?” out loud. But it is the truth. Senses Fail’s album Renacer (2013), specifically the single, “Between the Mountains and the Sea,” have become my new anchor on the days I feel myself slipping the most. I have been trailing Senses Fail’s career since a friend... Read more »