Archive for October 2012

"Down and Derby" (The New Colony): Jamming Until It Hits Speed Bumps

"Down and Derby" (The New Colony):  Jamming Until It Hits Speed Bumps
The New Colony presents the world premiere of DOWN AND DERBY.  Larkin City, Ohio was hit by a tornado.  The small town suffered many deaths.  To change their mourning routine, sisters Rose and Lilly decide to start a roller derby team.  They recruit the town misfits.  When these gals put on their skates, they transform... Read more »

"Burn This" (Shattered Globe): Crackles with Humanity and Volatility!

"Burn This" (Shattered Globe): Crackles with Humanity and Volatility!
Shattered Globe Theatre presents BURN THIS.  It’s NYC in the 80s.  Anna, Burton, Larry and Pale are stuck.  Anna is choreographing lackluster productions.  The work sustains her but doesn’t necessarily fulfill her.  Her indifference seeps into her personal life as she continues to reject marital proposals from her long-term boyfriend Burton.  He is a successful... Read more »

"Broken Glass" (Redwist Theatre): Fragments of Drama

"Broken Glass" (Redwist Theatre):  Fragments of Drama
Redtwist Theatre presents BROKEN GLASS.  It’s 1938.  In Poland, Nazis are destroying Jewish homes and storefronts in the historic Kristallnacht.  In Brooklyn, a woman mysteriously collapses.  Sylvia is paralyzed from the waist down.  The doctors can’t find anything medically wrong with her.  Her husband is distraught.  Her physician is intrigued.  And she is obsessed… with... Read more »
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Off Book Chats Up Strangetree, Bailiwick Chicago, Strawdog, Broadway in Chicago, Trainspotting USA, & More!

Off Book Chats Up Strangetree, Bailiwick Chicago, Strawdog, Broadway in Chicago, Trainspotting USA, & More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book has a special STRANGETREE episode.  This past summer, Oliver Sava was the lucky winner of an Off Book show dedicated to the theatre company of his choice.  He chose Strangetree Group.  Oliver joins us in reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” by Bailiwick Chicago, “Pontypool” by Strawdog Theatre, “Kinky Boots” by Broadway in Chicago and “Trainspotting USA” at Theater Wit.  And then we invite Strangetree Group into the... Read more »

"Wasteland" (TimeLine Theatre): Inconceivable Suffering with Gritty Realism

"Wasteland" (TimeLine Theatre):  Inconceivable Suffering with Gritty Realism
TimeLine Theatre presents the world premiere of WASTELAND.  It’s the Vietnam War. Joe is an American soldier.  He is being held captive in an underground prison.  He never sees anyone.  His food is even dropped from the unseen opening into his pit of despair.  He is in solitary confinement. And he is in hell.  One... Read more »

"The Millionairess" (ShawChicago): A Rich Screwball Comedy!

"The Millionairess" (ShawChicago):  A Rich Screwball Comedy!
ShawChicago presents THE MILLIONAIRESS.  Epifania Fitzfassenden is a rich lady.  She has everything that money can buy… but love.  Her boyfriend uses her for her wealthy connections.  And her tennis player husband, Alastair is cheating on her.  Epifania decides to make some changes in her life.  She is going to get divorced and get a... Read more »
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EXTENDED Thru Dec 15 "The Opponent" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Bonafide Winner!

EXTENDED Thru Dec 15 "The Opponent" (A Red Orchid Theatre):  Bonafide Winner!
A Red Orchid Theatre presents the world premiere of ensemble member Brett Neveu’s THE OPPONENT.  It’s the day of the big fight.  Donell is a boxer heading to New Orleans for a pay-per-view match. He’s hit the big time.  Donell is planning to kick off his undefeated career tonight.  As Donell chats about cars and mansions,... Read more »

"Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play" (Strange Tree Group): Quirky and Compelling!

"Funeral Wedding:  The Alvin Play" (Strange Tree Group):  Quirky and Compelling!
#210.  Strange Tree Group presents Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play. The Fisher family is odd.  Two scandals make them the town outcasts.  They’ve got skeletons in the closet and ghosts in the attic.  Instead of dealing with the past dalliance and more recent murders, the Fishers pretend nothing is wrong.  Dad escapes into games.  Mom escapes into... Read more »

"Kinky Boots" (Broadway in Chicago): A Heel of a Good Time

"Kinky Boots" (Broadway in Chicago):  A Heel of a Good Time
Reviewed by Richard Malone “Kinky Boots”, which is in it’s pre-Broadway run in Chicago, is a smash!  Or maybe it’s more like “Smash”.  There are some fun musical numbers, characters to root for, maybe a character we could see less of, and with a little tweaking, it could be great!.  Inspired by the 2005 movie of the same name and mixing elements of “Billy Elliot”, ”Priscilla Queen of... Read more »
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"The Book Thief" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Gray Steals Hearts!

"The Book Thief" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Gray Steals Hearts!
Steppenwolf Theatre for Young Adults, in partnership with Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago, presents THE BOOK THIEF.  Leisel’s mother is dead.  Her father is in prison.  She and her brother are being adopted.  En route to their new home, her brother dies. What could possibly be worse than what she has already survived? ... Read more »