Archive for October 2011

Review "Momma's Boyz" (Teatro Vista): Fascinating Deconstruction of Friendship

Review "Momma's Boyz" (Teatro Vista):  Fascinating Deconstruction of Friendship
At the most devastating moments in my life, I’m always baffled about how things got so out of control.  How did I let it happen?  Was it one pivotal moment that I chose this path to destruction?  Or was it a series of little things… ignoring this, going with that, picking one thing over the... Read more »

"The Spirit Play" (Strange Tree Group): See It Before It Vanishes!

"The Spirit Play" (Strange Tree Group): See It Before It Vanishes!
A guy I know reads auras and sees past lives.  He told me once that a weeping ancestor is always nearby me.  I find that intriguing.  The connectivity of it all.  There is a certain comfort knowing dead family members like to hang with me.  That their past links to my present.  That we are... Read more »

Chicago Theatre Off Book Chats with Sideshow Theatre and Lyric Opera and much more!

It’s another round of Chicago Theatre Off Book on Chicago Independent Radio Project, CHIRP. This week, we review local theatre offerings that are kicking it up, blasting it off, and twanging it down. Later, we’ll chat with Sideshow Theatre and The Lyric Opera of Chicago about the excitement around their 2011/2012 Season. And of course, we’re featuring... Read more »
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"The Thirteen Clocks" (Lifeline Theatre): Solid-Packed Sixty Minutes!

"The Thirteen Clocks" (Lifeline Theatre): Solid-Packed Sixty Minutes!
What time is it? 4:50… forever!  Lifeline Theatre presents THE THIRTEEN CLOCKS.  The evil duke has killed time.  There is now a curse over the kingdom.  A princess is trapped in the castle.  She’s the niece of the evil duke.  Not really, she’s the kidnapped daughter of a king.  A minstrel wants to save her... Read more »

Chicago Theatre Off Book chats with Timeline, Stage 773 and reviews Lookingglass, The Lyric and Strawdog plus "Got A Minute?"

 It’s another round of Chicago Theatre Off Book on Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP). This week, we review local theatre offerings that are burning up the stage with fire, heat, and smolder. Later, we’ll chat with Timeline and Stage 773 about the excitement around their 2011/2012 Season. And of course, we’re featuring two local playwrights in our... Read more »

"Under The Blue Sky" (Steep Theatre): 2 x 3= sex (+/- love)

High school is in an education in drama.  With so many raging hormones under one roof, it’s an ongoing lesson in Love 101. Does he like like me?  Will she go all the way?  Is he a virgin?  But this time it’s not the kids in the hall.  These questions are a test for the... Read more »
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"The Ugly One" (Sideshow Theatre): Hideously Funny and Pretty Profound!

"The Ugly One" (Sideshow Theatre):  Hideously Funny and Pretty Profound!
Before he came out to his parents, my friend Dirk went out of his way to impress them.  He had a beautiful job, beautiful home, beautiful clothes.  When he heard they were coming to visit Chicago, he asked ME if I knew any beautiful girls that would fit into his beautiful life. Sideshow Theatre Company... Read more »

"Behanding in Spokane" (Profiles Theatre): Quirky, Dark Comedy

"Behanding in Spokane" (Profiles Theatre): Quirky, Dark Comedy
Irish verses American!  The Irish are storytellers.  They enjoy a pub yarn that is 8 Guinness long.  Americans are a 140-character nation.  They want a story that can be told in a shot. Profile Theatre presents BEHANDING IN SPOKANE.  This 2010 creation marks award-winning Playwright Martin McDonagh’s first play set on American soil.  A mysterious... Read more »

"The World Over" (State Theatre): Fun, Frolicking Fantasy!

"The World Over" (State Theatre): Fun, Frolicking Fantasy!
Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, I use to pretend my life into a happily-ever-after. At chore time, I  imagined a fairy godmother would appear for the big rescue.  When I was sent-to-my-room in punishment, I made-believe my hair was long, golden tresses able to sustain the weight of a princely... Read more »
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EXTENDS THRU January 14th "Bus Stop" (Raven Theatre): This Bus Keeps On Trucking!

Chicago knows from recent firsthand experience that a blizzard puts people in unexpected situations.  Being snowed in together makes friends… strangers, and strangers…friends. Unable to move on from unpleasant conditions, people become physically stuck.  Digging a way out doesn’t always mean a clean exit.  Raven Theatrepresents Bus Stop.  A blizzard strands a busload at the local diner. ... Read more »