Archive for April 2012

ANGELS IN AMERICA Part 2 (Court Theatre): Inspirational Conclusion

ANGELS IN AMERICA Part 2 (Court Theatre):  Inspirational Conclusion
PART 2 #94.  Court Theatre presents ANGELS IN AMERICA PART TWO:  PERESTROIKA.  My work began last Saturday afternoon with Part One:  Millennium Approaches.  It concluded yesterday with another visit to Court. Led by Rob Lindley and Larry Yando, the cast are celestial beings.  Under Charles Newell’s expert direction, every character showcases a poignant transformational moment. ... Read more »

"Fish Men" (Goodman Theatre and Teatro Vista): Solid Second Act

"Fish Men" (Goodman Theatre and Teatro Vista):  Solid Second Act
“They took my dreams and replaced it with nightmares.  But they don’t have my awake time.”  -92 in FISH MEN #93.  Goodman Theatre, in conjunction with Teatro Vista, presents the world premiere of FISH MEN.  Things are heating up at Washington Park.  What started as daily game playing shifts into a high stakes quest for... Read more »

"TESEO" (Chicago Opera Theater): Killer Mom Enters the Dating Pool

#92.  First, there was Jason (2010), then there was Medea (2011), and now Chicago Opera Theater presents the final opera in the Medea trilogy, Teseo.  After killing her kids and torching Corinth, Medea flees to Athens.  She’s looking for a new male obsession.  First, she considers King Egeo as a strategic marriage maneuver. But he reneges on the engagement.  Luckily for Egeo,... Read more »
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Off Book chats with Rae Gray, Grey Ghost and Much More!

Off Book chats with Rae Gray, Grey Ghost and Much More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:   “The Reception” by Steep Theatre , “After the Revolution” by Next Theatre , “Chesapeake” by Remy Bumppo Theatre and “Johnny Theatre” by Chemically Imbalanced Theatre.  We also chat with Rae Gray, Chicago actress and Evan Chung and Amber Robinson, co-founders Grey Ghost Theatre.   And of course, we have 2 new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights . This April 27, 2012 episode... Read more »

"Girl You Know It's True" (Pavement Group): Ooh, ooh, ooh I Love You!

"Girl You Know It's True" (Pavement Group):  Ooh, ooh, ooh I Love You!
ME:  I’d like to make reservations for Steve Martin. Restaurant:  THE Steve Martin ME:  Yes, Steve Martin, party of four for 7:30. I knew what the restaurant was asking.  And I wasn’t lying.  Steve Martin was coming to dinner. It wasn’t my problem that they weren’t anticipating a black man…  blame it on the rain.... Read more »

"Mrs. Warren's Profession" (ShawChicago): Looking for a different career path?

          The play is morally rotten…the story…the incidents… the characters are wholly immoral and degenerate… the play is an insult to decency.         -New York Herald, October 1905 ShawChicago presents Mrs. Warren’s Profession.  Kitty Warren is a businesswoman, a single mother – and a whore.  Vivie Warren is a college graduate, a detached daughter,... Read more »
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"Rise of the Numberless" (Bailiwick Chicago, The New Colony): Musical Mayhem!

"Rise of the Numberless" (Bailiwick Chicago, The New Colony):  Musical Mayhem!
#90.  Arriving at the Flat Iron Arts Building, we’re greeted by a guy looking like a runaway cast member of “Hair.”  He passes us off to another colorfully-clad guy.  They welcome us like friends and then covertly usher us up to the third floor.  The theatrical experience has begun.  At reception, we are stamped with... Read more »

"The Duchess of Malfi" (Strawdog Theatre): Innovation and Convolution

"The Duchess of Malfi" (Strawdog Theatre):  Innovation and Convolution
Do you not weep? Other sins only speak; murder shrieks out. The element of water moistens the earth, But blood flies upwards and bedews the heavens.  -”The Duchess of Malfi” #88.  Strawdog Theatre presents a new adaptation of John Webster’s THE DUCHESS OF MALFI.  It’s 16th Century Court-side in Italy.  The Duchess is a widow.  Her brothers,... Read more »

"Moscow, Cheryomushki" (Chicago Opera Theater): *Spoiler Alert* MEGA-Happy Ending!

#85.  I first became interested in opera by watching a movie.  In “Philadelphia”, Tom Hanks describes a scene from “Andrea Chenier”.  As Maria Callas is singing powerfully, belting out her aria, Hanks is describing her anguish.  That was THE moment I started to immerse myself in this passionate genre.  I’ve seen probably 100 operas.  Most... Read more »
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"La Musica" (Salomee Speelt): How Sophisticated Couples Fight

"La Musica" (Salomee Speelt):  How Sophisticated Couples Fight
#87.  I’ve recently seen a plethora of plays where angst is a f#cking rampage of expletives.  Relationships are discussed at explosive levels of screaming.  It makes for great drama.  I get exactly what the reigning feeling is.  But is it really real life conversations or theatrical entertainment?  I do have a friend who regularly expresses... Read more »