Archive for July 2012

"The Monument" (Idle Muse Theatre): Amy E. Harmon Kicks Ass!

"The Monument" (Idle Muse Theatre):  Amy E. Harmon Kicks Ass!
#151. I’ve been to the Holocaust Museum in DC.  The experience is mind-blowing and imperative.  This tribute to the atrocity of humankind is made personal with victim’s actual stories.  At the beginning of the tour, you are assigned a person’s name and at the end you find out your/their fate.  The history lesson becomes powerfully... Read more »

"The American Plan" (The Artistic Home): Robust Story of Dream Chasers!

"The American Plan" (The Artistic Home):  Robust Story of Dream Chasers!
JOSH:  What’s your plan? ME:  To be happy! JOSH:  And how does that happen? ME:  No idea… The Artistic Home presents THE AMERICAN PLAN.  Lili is a poor, little, rich girl.  She’s mercurial.  And Eva, her mother, believes Lili requires constant surveillance and prescriptions for her emotional fits. Eva guards Lili from life’s undesirable elements. ... Read more »

"Moment" (Steep Theatre): Unputdownable!

"Moment" (Steep Theatre):  Unputdownable!
#149. Family dinner always serves up the real and the fantasy.  Around a shared meal, people   fork it in and spoon it up.  I remember when I was five, the supper conversation consisted of my older sisters talking about what happened in their classrooms, my younger sister talking about what happened on her magic... Read more »
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La Soirée (Riverfront Chicago): Loosen Up and Laugh!

La Soirée (Riverfront Chicago): Loosen Up and Laugh!
Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines The tents, grandstand seating, and concession stand peddling popcorn and hot dogs suggest a circus atmosphere, but variety revue La Soirée – making its U.S. premiere at The Riverfront Theatre – is so much more: equal parts cabaret, acrobatics and comedy, with a naughty adult twist. The show, which originated... Read more »

"The Vortex" (Dead Writers Collective Theatre): Spiraling Humor, Honesty and Swank!

"The Vortex" (Dead Writers Collective Theatre):  Spiraling Humor, Honesty and Swank!
#148.  Every once in awhile, I run into someone I haven’t seen in years.  Inside, I’m momentarily transfixed by their agedness.  Outwardly, I try to compose a polite nicety.  I say to them, ‘you look fabulous!‘  I think to myself, ‘you got old… really old!‘ I like to pretend I didn’t…. didn’t age!  I color... Read more »

"Nickel History" (16th Street Theater and Firecat Productions): Playfully Nostalgic!

"Nickel History" (16th Street Theater and Firecat Productions):  Playfully Nostalgic!
#147.  In 2010, Tony Fitzpatrick drove This Train (our review) with in-your-face blustery arrogance. In 2011, a contemplative Fitzpatrick pulled into Stations Lost (review) with a companion and inspirational self discovery. Now, Fitzpatrick shares the stage with Stan Klein in a collaborative tribute to their dads in Nickel History. 16th Street Theater and Firecat Projectspresents Nickel History: The Nation of Heat.  Tony Fitzpatrick is an artist, a poet and... Read more »
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Off Book Chats Up Goodman, Babes of Blades, Mary Arrchie and much more!

Off Book Chats Up Goodman, Babes of Blades, Mary Arrchie and much more!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:  “Electra” at Mary Arrchie Theatre  “A Steady Rain” at Chicago Commercial Collective  and “Crowns” at Goodman Theatre . And we have Special Guests:  Leigh Barrett, Artistic Director of Babes with Blades and Marketta P. Wilder, starring as Yolanda in “Crowns” at Goodman Theatre .  And of course, we have 2 new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.     ... Read more »

2012 ComedySportz World Championships: All-Star Improvisers Meet Fevered Flock

2012 ComedySportz World Championships: All-Star Improvisers Meet Fevered Flock
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Maybe you’re a virgin to the ComedySportz experience, but you’re probably quite aware of it. Those ads with the teams of improvisers in red and blue bowling shirts and that guy in the Foot Locker uniform presiding over it all are omnipresent – and seem to follow you from city to... Read more »

"Three Sisters" (Steppenwolf Theatre): The Real Housewives of Russia

"Three Sisters" (Steppenwolf Theatre): The Real Housewives of Russia
#146. Over twenty-five years ago, Julie and Tom moved from South Bend, Indiana to Rochester, New York.  The newlyweds were going to start their new life together and raise a family. Over the last quarter of a century, I see Julie every few years for a gal pal reunion.  Inevitably, she will bring up her... Read more »
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"Oedipus EL Rey" (Victory Gardens): Spanglish Translation Steered by Undeniable Powerful Force!

"Oedipus EL Rey" (Victory Gardens):  Spanglish Translation Steered by Undeniable Powerful Force!
#145. I believe in the sequential order of life.  That not only does ‘everything happen for a reason’ but it happens in a weird chronological order that only makes sense in hindsight.  This life philosophy is anchored in a Divine Intervention that guides me toward a life purpose.  Is it my optimistic or naïve nature... Read more »