Archive for August 2012

ADDED PERFORMANCES "Skin Tight" (Cor Theatre): Two People Melded Together Inside Out!

ADDED PERFORMANCES "Skin Tight" (Cor Theatre):  Two People Melded Together Inside Out!
#165.  I love the Carl and Ellie montage in the movie “UP.”  It’s their relationship lifespan condensed into a four minute story.  It makes me cry every time I see it.  Life goes so fast.  What is it that we will remember?  What makes the moment unforgettable? Cor Theatre presents its inaugural production with the Chicago... Read more »

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee (Chicago Fringe Festival): When Science Met Snooki

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee (Chicago Fringe Festival): When Science Met Snooki
Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines Ask 100 people on the street to explain a final state diagram depicting the decline from order to chaos, and you’ll get 99 blank stares. Science isn’t something the average person pays attention to beyond required high school classes (though some of us still get excited by nerdy comic strips... Read more »

"Sweet and Sad" (Profiles Theatre): Cast is Perfect in Human Imperfection!

"Sweet and Sad" (Profiles Theatre): Cast is Perfect in Human Imperfection!
As adults when all my sisters finally gather around a table for a meal, it’s usually a special occasion of some kind.  It takes a holiday for the four of us to step out of our different worlds and step back into familial.  As the wine is poured, the meal conversation usually eases from surface... Read more »
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"pool (no water)" (Vitalist Theatre): Shallow End of Deep

"pool (no water)" (Vitalist Theatre):  Shallow End of Deep
Better job, nicer clothes, hotter spouse, it’s always great when a friend succeeds.  Outwardly, we react to the news with grins and compliments.  We smile so broad it hurts.  We toast them with sugary, high-pitched exclamations.  Inwardly, there is the smallest, darkest part of our soul that is unhappy about it. We are envious.  And... Read more »

"Princes of Waco" (Signal Ensemble Theatre): Compelling Performances, Convoluted Script

"Princes of Waco" (Signal Ensemble Theatre):  Compelling Performances, Convoluted Script
I remember Author Flannery O’Connor from my high school English assignments.  She had a propensity to write about characters that had a dark side.  Unsettlingly but subtlety cruel.  I think it stays with me 30+ years later because before that I believed a good man wasn’t hard to find. Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Princes of... Read more »

"Idomeneus" (Sideshow Theatre): This King Rules!

"Idomeneus" (Sideshow Theatre): This King Rules!
“The Iliad,” “Electra,” “Oedipus el Rey,” it’s a Greekfest in Chicago!  Recent plays have been showcasing Greek theatre roots.  The fascinating complexity and connectivity of the ancient stories makes me want to take a Mythology course. Sideshow Theatre presents the American premiere of IDOMENEUS.  The Trojan War is over!  Idomeneus, the King of Crete, is... Read more »
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2012 Equity Jeff Award Nominees & My Picks

2012 EQUITY JEFF AWARD NOMINEES PRODUCTION – PLAY – LARGE “Angels in America, Parts One and Two” – Court Theatre “Clybourne Park” – Steppenwolf Theatre Company “The Convert” – Goodman Theatre in association with Center Theatre Group and McCarter Theatre Center “Elizabeth Rex” – Chicago Shakespeare Theater “The Iceman Cometh” – Goodman Theatre-T4W “In the... Read more »

"The Fall of the House of Usher" (The Hypocrites): Continues the Rise of the Era of Graney!

"The Fall of the House of Usher" (The Hypocrites):  Continues the Rise of the Era of Graney!
#160. The Hypocrites present the world premiere adaptation of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER.  A mysterious letter has prompted a woman to visit her childhood friend, Usher.  He wrote that he is inflicted with medical maladies and requests her in-person assessment.  Upon arrival, the woman gets sucked into the enigma of Usher’s home... Read more »

"East of the Sun,West of the Moon" (Coriolis Theatre): Singing is Noteworthy!

"East of the Sun,West of the Moon" (Coriolis Theatre):  Singing is Noteworthy!
#159.  One upon a time, in a theatre far far away (from Lakeview but near the Morse Red Line stop), a new company launched its inaugural season… Coriolis Theatre Company presents EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON:  AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL. Based on a legendary Norse fairy tale, two people chase after their happily... Read more »
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Off Book Chats Up Vitalist, Chicago Fringe, Redtwist, Muse of Fire and More!

Off Book Chats Up Vitalist, Chicago Fringe, Redtwist, Muse of Fire and More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:  “The Glass Menagerie” at Redtwist Theatre and “Julius Caesar” at Muse of Fire Theatre .  And our Special Guests: Vinnie Lacey, Executive Director and Adrienne Guldin, Business Manager with Chicago Fringe Festival and Elizabeth Carlin-Metz, Artistic Director at Vitalist Theatre  and director of “Pool (no water)”. And of course, we have 2 new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.      This... Read more »