Archive for March 2012

Off Book Chats with Silk Road, Seanachai, and much more!

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies.  In addition, we chat with Kevin Theis, Seanachai Theatre ensemble member and director for “Moon for the Misbegotten”, Jamil Khoury, Founding Managing Director at Silk Road Rising and creator for “Re-Spiced”and Steve Scott, Associate Producer for Goodman Theatre and director for “Re-Spiced”  And of course, we have two new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights. This March 30, 2012 episode... Read more »

"Rick Bayless in Cascabel" (Lookingglass Theatre): What Chicago craves...gourmet sensuality!

"Rick Bayless in Cascabel" (Lookingglass Theatre):  What Chicago craves...gourmet sensuality!
cascabel |ˈkaskəˌbel|  a small red chile pepper of a mild-flavored variety. #66. There is nothing small or mild about this CASCABEL!  Lookingglass Theatre, Frontera Grill and Silverguy Entertainment present RICK BAYLESS IN CASCABEL.  The boarding house has a new cook.  He is creating a stir with his enticing recipes.   People bite into his creations... Read more »

“Fela!” (Broadway In Chicago): When The Political Becomes Personal, and Vice Versa

“Fela!” (Broadway In Chicago): When The Political Becomes Personal, and Vice Versa
    Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines “I have the power to turn Nigeria upside down.” – Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, “Fela!” After highly acclaimed runs in New York City, Europe, Nigeria, and around the United States, “Fela!” makes its way to Chicago for a three-week stay at The Oriental Theatre. Technically, it is described as “musical... Read more »
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EXTENDS Thru July 15th "Freud's Last Session" (Mercury Theatre): SUPER Super-Egos!

EXTENDS Thru July 15th "Freud's Last Session" (Mercury Theatre):  SUPER Super-Egos!
#65.  A few weeks ago, I stumbled on the in-flight movie, “A Dangerous Method.”   It was about the birth of psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.  The movie showed how legendary intellectuals advanced the field of science in the treatment of mental disorders. I knew the names.  I kind of knew the theories. ... Read more »

"Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed" (Lifeline Theatre): Perfect Fit!

#63.  Lifeline Theatre Kidseries presents a world premiere musical adaptation of Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.  Wilbur is a naked mole rat.  *Naked* is in his blood and on his species‘ name.  His community embraces nudity.  It’s a *clothes off* world.  When Wilbur acquires a fondness for dressing up, his school shuns him.  Not only... Read more »

"The Fall of Man" (The Right Brain Project): Sexually-Charged Deconstruction

"The Fall of Man" (The Right Brain Project):  Sexually-Charged Deconstruction
#64.  I’ve casually observed the beginnings of a relationship.  Fixed gaze.  Flowery prose. Uncertain closeness.  I’ve uncomfortably been witness to the end of a relationship.  Laser eyes.  Cruel jabs.  Infinite distance.  I’ve just never been a spectator for the start, the close and the stuff in-between. The Right Brain Project presents THE FALL OF MAN.  Peter... Read more »
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"A Moon for the Misbegotten" (Seanachai Theatre): Whiskey-Soaked Unrequited Possibilities

#62.  The other day, I heard a story about Eugene O’Neill.  I’ve been reading a lot about his tragic life.  He had three wives, alcoholism, and depression.  His two sons committed suicide.  He disowned his daughter when she hooked up with Charlie Chaplin.  His brother drank himself to death.  Eugene O’Neill’s life was one long,... Read more »

“The Cherry Orchard” (Piccolo Theatre): Change Is Inevitable

“The Cherry Orchard” (Piccolo Theatre): Change Is Inevitable
    by Jasleen Jaswal Vines “If we’re to start living in the present, isn’t it abundantly clear that we’ve first got to redeem our past and make a clean break with it?” – Trofimov, “The Cherry Orchard” Anton Chekov’s “The Cherry Orchard” opens with the return of a matriarch to a family home facing... Read more »

"THE SEA" (Theatre Mir): Bully and Sidekick Hilariously Rock The Boat!

"THE SEA" (Theatre Mir):  Bully and Sidekick Hilariously Rock The Boat!
“Don’t give up hope.  You must still change the world.”   -THE SEA #61.  Theatre Mir presents THE SEA.  A violent storm hits a seaside village.  The squall drowns one of the town’s own and sends in a replacement.  A stranger floats into the close-knit community.  He insists that he is best friends with the dead... Read more »
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Off Book chats with Artistic Home, Eclipse and so much more!

Off Book chats with Artistic Home, Eclipse and so much more!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from across the pond and here in Sweet Home Chicago.  In addition, we chat with Kathy Scambiatterra, Artistic Director at The Artistic Home  and Nathaniel Swift, Artistic Director atEclipse Theatre.  And of course, we have two new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights. This March 23, 2012 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by UPTOWN FAN. Shot word... Read more »