Archive for July 2011

"The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" (Eclipse Theatre): Depressingly Beautiful!

"The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" (Eclipse Theatre): Depressingly Beautiful!
Some of the craziest things I’ve ever done can be traced back to a boy. Skoal Bandits, upside-down margaritas, a failed fetal pig rescue, dares have always been a warped flirtation for me. The boy-of-the-moment throwing down a gauntlet has often inspired me to bizarre antics. Love makes us do silly things but infatuation leads... Read more »

"PORNOGRAPHY" (Steep Theatre): Thought-Provoking Porn!

"PORNOGRAPHY" (Steep Theatre):  Thought-Provoking Porn!
What can I say about porn?  Sometimes, it’s an artistic expression capturing the naked human spirit.  Other times, it’s visual stimulation created to initiate a primal reaction.  All the time, it’s subject to interpretation. Steep Theatre presents the Midwest Premiere of PORNOGRAPHY.  It’s London, July 2005. A recent announcement confirmed the 2012 Olympics would be... Read more »

"The Wiz" (Theatre at the Center): Cooler Version of the Classic!

"The Wiz" (Theatre at the Center):  Cooler Version of the Classic!
Between the 1930‘s ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and 1990‘s ‘Defying Gravity,’ Dorothy gets her groove on circa1970’s!  Theater at the Center presents 7-time Tony Award winner, THE WIZ.  Based on the story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” this 1975 Broadway smash is the electric slide down the yellow brick road. It was so popular Motown... Read more »
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"En Route" (Chicago Shakes): WOW!

One Step at a Time like This i/a/w Chicago Shakespeare presents En Route Review by Katy Walsh Comfortable shoes + Charged cell phone = Urban “Walk-About.”  The Melbourne-basedone step at a time like this, in conjunction with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, presentsEn Route. The performing art experience is a vision quest.  It starts 24-hours before *show time*.  A text... Read more »

"WEST SIDE STORY" (Broadway in Chicago) Timeless Music, Dated Production

"WEST SIDE STORY" (Broadway in Chicago) Timeless Music, Dated Production
‘There’s a place for us.  Somewhere a place for us.’  I hear you Tony and Maria!  But is that place Chicago?  Broadway in Chicago presents West Side Story.   The classic 1957 Tony-Award winning Broadway musical is visiting the Second City.  The original stage creation of the dream team, Authur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music),... Read more »

"The Adventures of Pinocchio" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) Flawless, Family Fun!

Choices!  Life is about making choices.  Whether you are one day old, four years old, thirteen years old or seventy-two years old, everyday is an opportunity to choose a new adventure.  Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the world premiere family musicalThe Adventures of Pinocchio. Using the tree from his wife’s grave, a lonely woodcarver crafts a puppet son. ... Read more »
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"The Archivist" (The Right Brain Project): Fascinating Confusion

Nuclear war destroyed civilization.  A scattering of humankind survived.  To continue to function, these individuals embraced machine transformation.  But are they living?  Or are they dead? What makes someone human?  Memories?  Emotion? Pain? Soul?  The Right Brain Project presents the world premiere of The Archivist. The apocalypse happened.  Four cyborgs work for The Man aka The... Read more »

"The Rose From Stambul" (Chicago Folks Operetta) Sweet Romance Ready for Picking!

"The Rose From Stambul" (Chicago Folks Operetta) Sweet Romance Ready for Picking!
When I first moved to Chicago, I interviewed to be a bartender at the Lyric Opera. During the process, I was asked about my favorite opera.  I admitted that I had never been to the opera but I enjoyed the music in movies like “Philadelphia.”  Well, despite my lack of musical panache, I got the... Read more »

"PINKALICIOUS" (Emerald City Theatre) Prepare to be Tickled Pink!

“Just one more” is often the difference between satisfied and regret.  It’s the last happy thought before something bad happens.  In a startling example of you-are-what-you-eat, a little girl has one too many pink cupcakes.  Emerald City Theatre brings Pinkalicious to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. The Pinkertons are an average, every-day family.  Dad is at work. ... Read more »
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"A BEAUTIFUL SPELL" (Rare Terra Theatre): A Couple's Worst Nightmare!

"A BEAUTIFUL SPELL" (Rare Terra Theatre): A Couple's Worst Nightmare!
I use to drink a six pack everyday… of Diet Pepsi.  For years, I couldn’t go too long without an icy cold pop.  In the car, on the couch, at my desk, Diet Pepsi was a constant companion.  One morning, I woke up and declared I no longer drink Diet Pepsi.  No concrete reason just... Read more »