Archive for November 2012

"Foreverendia" (Black Ship Company): Glimpses of Brave New Kid World

"Foreverendia" (Black Ship Company):  Glimpses of Brave New Kid World
The Black Ship Company presents the Chicago premiere of FOREVERENDIA.  During a snowstorm, three kids escape reality in a shared fantasy.  Nim transports her new friends to her made-up land of Foreverendia. She even shares her pretend friend, Sir Babbles. The make-believe world allures them away from their gloomy family situations.  But how long can... Read more »

Toast of the Town (Factory Theater): Chicago theater a-gag-gag

Toast of the Town (Factory Theater): Chicago theater a-gag-gag
Reviewed by Tom Lawler In celebration of its 20-year anniversary – a grand achievement for any storefront theater company, let alone one as singularly proletarian, industrious and uncompromising as the Factory Theater – the ensemble has revived its 2005 Chicago satire, Toast of the Town.  As with any Factory production, the more context you bring... Read more »

"Failure: A Love Story" (Victory Gardens): Enchanting Keepsake Timepiece

"Failure: A Love Story" (Victory Gardens):  Enchanting Keepsake Timepiece
This show is all about clock watching.  And it only took me five minutes to be completely smitten with the Fail family. Victory Gardens presents the World premiere of FAILURE:  A LOVE STORY.  Gertie, Jenny June and Nellie are the Fail sisters.  They live above the family clock shop on the Chicago River.  They each... Read more »
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"A Christmas Carol" (Goodman Theatre): Charming and Radiantly Entertaining

"A Christmas Carol" (Goodman Theatre): Charming and Radiantly Entertaining
Reviewed by Jeanette Hamel A Christmas Carol, playing for its 35th season at the Goodman Theatre, is the best present you can get for your family (and yourself) and is a delightful introduction to the holidays.  From lovely rendition of period appropriate Christmas Carols that greet you before the show (thank you Benet Academy Choir)... Read more »

"It's a Wonderful Santa Land..." (Street Tempo): Entertaining Hodge Podge of Merriment

"It's a Wonderful Santa Land..." (Street Tempo):  Entertaining Hodge Podge of Merriment
Street Tempo presents IT’S A WONDERFUL SANTA LAND MIRACLE NUT CRACKING CHRISTMAS STORY… JEWS WELCOME.  What’s in a name?  For this show, the title is the synopsis.  Nothing says Christmas like cookies, egg nog, puppets, snow ball fights, and getting leis. IT’S A WONDERFUL SANTA LAND MIRACLE NUT CRACKING CHRISTMAS STORY… JEWS WELCOME is a... Read more »

"Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" (Next Theatre): Quirky Journey to Forgiveness

"Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" (Next Theatre):  Quirky Journey to Forgiveness
#229. Next Theatre Company presents the Midwest premiere of WELCOME HOME, JENNY SUTTER.  An amputee is discharged from the marines.  She is going home or at least that’s the plan. She missed the bus… all of the busses.   Jenny is struggling to return to her family.  She has changed.  She has lost her leg and... Read more »
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"The Dead" (Court Theatre): Irish Awakening Enchants

"The Dead" (Court Theatre):  Irish Awakening Enchants
Court Theatre presents THE DEAD.  The Morkans are having a party.  It’s 1904 in Dublin, Ireland.  To celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, Miss Julia and Miss Kate, along with their niece Mary Jane, throw their annual soiree.  The coveted invitation gathers friends and family to an evening of music.  The sisters encourage guests to... Read more »

"The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey" (Provision Theater): A Holiday Tradition Returns

"The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey" (Provision Theater):  A Holiday Tradition Returns
This Holiday Season, Provision Theater Company, 1001 W. Roosevelt Road, is bringing back their original musical based on the award winning children’s book, THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY, directed by Provision Theater Artistic Director Timothy Gregory and starring Provision Theater Company Member Susan Moniz and Chicago’s James Rank. The production runs November 21 –... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up American Blues, Building Stage, Ka-Tet, Profiles and Lyric Opera

Off Book Chats Up American Blues, Building Stage, Ka-Tet, Profiles and Lyric Opera
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:   “Fuddy Meers” at Ka-Tet Theatre, “Werther” at Lyric Opera and“Hellcab” at Profiles Theatre.  Special Guests: Gwendolyn Whiteside, Producing Artistic Director at American Blues Theatre and playing Mary Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life:  Live at the Biograph” and Blake Montgomery, Founder and Artistic Director at The Building Stage and performing in “Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs ‘A Christmas Carol’. Again”.  Plus, we have two new “Got A... Read more »
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"The Gifts of the Magi" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Light-hearted Holiday Romp

"The Gifts of the Magi" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Light-hearted Holiday Romp
Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of the musical THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI.  A young married couple financially struggle in 1905 New York.  To ensure their spouse has a wonderful Christmas, they each make a sacrifice.  She sells her hair to buy a watch chain.  He sells his watch to buy barrettes. Meanwhile,... Read more »