Archive for December 2012

"Purple Heart" (Redtwist Theatre): Beats Irregularly

"Purple Heart" (Redtwist Theatre):  Beats Irregularly
Redtwist Theatre presents PURPLE HEART.  Carla is a drunken mess.  Her husband is dead.  Her son is weird.  And her mother-in-law is overbearing.  She feels trapped in her own home.  When a military guy comes to visit, she expects a casserole.  What she gets is a surprise.  Is this mystery man Carla’s escape from her... Read more »

Off Book Counts Down the Top Ten of 2012 Theatre

Off Book Counts Down the Top Ten of 2012 Theatre
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is counting down the top ten for 2012.  First, we review “The School for Lies” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and “The Mikado” by The Hypocrites.  We chat about “Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Goose” at Raven Theatre.  Then, Oliver Sava, TimeOut Chicago and Dan Jakes, TimeOut Chicago &The Reader join us... Read more »

"Faith Healer" (The Den Theatre): Too Much of a Good Thing

"Faith Healer" (The Den Theatre): Too Much of a Good Thing
The Den Theatre presents a remount of Turnaround Theatre’s original production of FAITH HEALER.  The Fantastic Francis Hardy is an itinerant healer.  He goes from town to town promising to cure the afflicted.  Grace is his long suffering wife.  She is praying for her own miracle, a caring husband.  Teddy is the set-up man.  His... Read more »
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"War Horse" (Broadway in Chicago): Touching, inspiring and enchantingly entertaining

"War Horse" (Broadway in Chicago):  Touching, inspiring and enchantingly entertaining
Reviewed by Jeanette Hamel It was impossible to imagine how Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel, War Horse, and Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same, was ever going to translate to a live stage.  PETA activists aside, live horses as main characters on a stage in a theater would be an impossible feat.  When the fact... Read more »

"Dickens' Women" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Dickens Unwrapped... Unforgettable Evening!

"Dickens' Women" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  Dickens Unwrapped... Unforgettable Evening!
#249.  Especially at this time of year, Charles Dickens is remembered fondly.  He penned the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.”  He immortalized Scrooge as a symbol of redemption and Christmas spirit.  He made a crippled boy’s sentimental ‘God bless us, every one.” the toast for the ages. People decorate their houses with their ceramic Dickens... Read more »

"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose" (Raven Theatre): A Holiday Treat

"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose" (Raven Theatre): A Holiday Treat
Raven’s Evermore! Series presents SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adapted by Michael Menendian & John Weagly Directed by Michael Menendian Join us for Raven Theater’s live, radio-style presentation of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose”, adapted from one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most... Read more »
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EXTENDED Thru Jan 19th "The Mikado" (The Hypocrites): Doubles the Pleasure!

EXTENDED Thru Jan 19th "The Mikado" (The Hypocrites):  Doubles the Pleasure!
What would you do for love?  Send roses?  Sing serenades? Pledge vows? Die decapitated?  Or be  buried alive? The Hypocrites present THE MIKADO as part of its Gilbert & Sullivan rep. The Mikado (Emperor of Japan) has proclaimed that flirting is a crime punishable by death.  A traveling musician and a young lady perpetrate the... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up American Blues Theatre and Black Ship Co.

Off Book Chats Up American Blues Theatre and Black Ship Co.
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is trying out a shorter format for our listeners’ quick theatre fix.  First, the Show Pick of the Week is reviewed:  “It’s a Wonderful Life:  Live at the Biograph” by America Blues Theatre.  And then, our special guests from Black Ship Company’s  “Foreverendia” are Megan Captaine and Christine Jacobs.  In addition, Megan performs an excerpt from Black... Read more »

"Christmas in Chicago" (Fine Print Theatre): Serves Up Romney Roast for Holiday Feast

"Christmas in Chicago" (Fine Print Theatre): Serves Up Romney Roast for Holiday Feast
The Fine Print Theatre Company, with production support from the Chicago Commercial Collective, presents CHRISTMAS IN CHICAGO.  Teddy and Heidi are married to their work and each other.  Along with Archie, they are going to put up their annual holiday revue.  When the fourth in their entertaining quartet gets a show in NYC, Teddy finds... Read more »
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"The School for Lies" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Hilarious Love Octagon

"The School for Lies" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  Hilarious Love Octagon
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the Midwest premiere of THE SCHOOL FOR LIES.  Philinte loves Eliante.  Eliante loves Frank.  Frank loves Celimene but he’s not the only one.  Clitander, Oronte, and Acaste have been wooing the young widow, Celimene too.   So when it’s time for Celimene to pick who will remain true, she has to... Read more »