Archive for June 2012

"The Gacy Play" (Sideshow Theatre): Andy Luther is a Serial Killer! ...I'm just saying.

#138. As a single woman with skin that would make a nice dress, I’ve survived murder by putting people into two categories:  serial killers and the others. On the bus, at a restaurant, in the next door apartment: killers have to commute, eat, live… somewhere.   Being aware of this basic truth keeps me alive.  I... Read more »

“Dralion” (Cirque du Soleil): Don’t Even Pretend You Can Do This At Home

“Dralion” (Cirque du Soleil): Don’t Even Pretend You Can Do This At Home
Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines To me, the coolest part of a Cirque du Soleil show is sitting in awe of an incredibly talented troupe, oohing and aahing as they perform impossible physical acts with ludicrous ease. Balancing on one hand and very slowly contorting oneself into various pretzel-inspired shapes with careful precision? Propelling oneself... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Mary Arrchie, Sideshow, Lookingglass, Goodman, About Face, Strange Tree and More

Off Book Chats Up Mary Arrchie, Sideshow, Lookingglass, Goodman, About Face, Strange Tree and More
Chicago Theatre Off Book chats about three new theatre openings during the review round-up: “Immediate Family” at GoodmanTheatre and About Face Theatre, “Eastland:  A New Musical” at Lookingglass Theatre, and “Goodbye Cruel World” at Strange Tree Group Theatre.  And our special guests are Calamity West, Playwright “The Gacy Play” at Sideshow Theatre, Richard Cotovsky, Founding... Read more »
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"The Magic Parlour": Dennis Watkins IS Magic!

"The Magic Parlour": Dennis Watkins IS Magic!
#137. “It’s magic!” is a phrase I like to use to describe things I can’t explain.  It doesn’t matter what it is… computer glitch resolved, discovered last cookie, perfect hair day.  Since childhood, I embrace the magical qualities of the unexpected.  I legitimize any wondrous moment with the hocus pocus theory. In September 2010, third... Read more »

Off Book Chats up Adrian Aguilar, Chicago Commercial Collective, Writers, Theatre 7, Oracle and More!

Off Book Chats up Adrian Aguilar, Chicago Commercial Collective, Writers, Theatre 7, Oracle and More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:  ”Exit, Pursued by a Bear” at Theatre Seven of Chicago, ”The Sandman” at Oracle Theatre, and ”The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead” at Writers Theatre.  And chatting with special guests:  Adrian Aguilar, Chicago Actor and Aurélia K. Fisher, Producer at Chicago Commercial Collective And of course, we have 2 new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.... Read more »

"Immediate Family" (Goodman Theatre): Comedy, Combat, Compassion Explosion

"Immediate Family" (Goodman Theatre):  Comedy, Combat, Compassion Explosion
#136.  Family manages family.  Siblings grow up together knowing what buttons to push for a reaction.  As adults that knowledge helps us avoid unpleasant confrontation.  As kids, making each other cry is a game.  As grown ups, game playing allows us to sidestep emotional land mines. Goodman Theatre, in association with About Face Theatre, present... Read more »
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"Goodbye Cruel World" (Strange Tree Group): Pure Vaudevillian!

"Goodbye Cruel World" (Strange Tree Group):  Pure Vaudevillian!
#132.  My first introduction to literature with a Russian influence was ”Rocky and Bullwinkle”.  As a kid, I believed Boris and Natasha were typical Russian folks, spies without a sense of humor.  I thought Russians were a serious, cold lot that hated squirrels. Since then, I’ve decided the Soviet Union’s abilities to endure tumultuous eras... Read more »

"Eastland" (Lookingglass Theatre): A Voyage Not To Miss!

"Eastland" (Lookingglass Theatre):  A Voyage Not To Miss!
#135.  On July 24, 1915, my great grandma was joining friends on a Western Electric summer boat outing.  She was running late and arrived after the S.S. Eastland tipped over.  It was docked on the Chicago River. 2,500 passengers were on board.  800+ people lost their lives, including 22 families. Lookingglass Theatre presents the world... Read more »

"The Circus Princess" (Chicago Folks Operetta): It's a Circus!

"The Circus Princess" (Chicago Folks Operetta): It's a Circus!
#134.  Chicago Folks Operetta presents THE CIRCUS PRINCESS.  Feodora is wealthy, a widow and a princess.  The Czar wants her to marry but she has a bad habit of snubbing potential candidates.  Mr. X is famous, a circus performer, and a prince in disguise.  The Grand Duke wants Mr. X to marry Feodora.  The Duke... Read more »
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"My First Time" (Broken Nose Theatre): Chicken Soup for the Soul -Virgin Edition

"My First Time" (Broken Nose Theatre):  Chicken Soup for the Soul -Virgin Edition
#133.  First steps. First tooth. First job. First car. People like to celebrate the *first* as a milestone of things to come.  We mark the moment so we can look back fondly and enjoy it even better in hindsight. Broken Nose Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of MY FIRST TIME.  In1998, www.myfirsttime.com was created to... Read more »