Archive for January 2013

"Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Engaging, Explicit, Evocative and soon Exiting

"Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  Engaging, Explicit, Evocative and soon Exiting
Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s World Stage Series presents Belarus Free Theatre’s MINSK, 2011:  A REPLY TO KATHY ACKER.  Minsk is the capital in the country of Belarus.  Kathy Acker was a post-modern performing artist and author that focused on eroticism and misogynist tyranny.  The Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 to give voice and unity... Read more »

"Waiting for Godot" (The Chicago Mammals): Thought-provoking, Ritualistic Farce

"Waiting for Godot" (The Chicago Mammals):  Thought-provoking, Ritualistic Farce
The Chicago Mammals present WAITING FOR GODOT.  Gogo and Didi are waiting.  The two guys are passing time until the arrival of Godot.  Their hang out is a collection of chatter on religion, suicide and crotch rot.  They’re just wasting time until the big entrance of Godot.  They eat carrots.  They remove shoes.  They interact... Read more »

"The Magnificents" (House Theatre): MAGNIFICENT!

"The Magnificents" (House Theatre):  MAGNIFICENT!
To make braving last night’s ice storm worth it, a show has to be pretty magnificent.  Well, TA-DA… The House Theatre of Chicago presents THE MAGNIFICENTS.  It’s 1933 in Small Town, USA.  Magnificent is an aging magician.  He and his wife Rosie have assembled a band of misfits for their traveling circus.  Under their big... Read more »
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"A Grand Night for Singing" (Mercury Theatre): Something Wonderful!

"A Grand Night for Singing" (Mercury Theatre):  Something Wonderful!
#16.  Do you believe in love at first sight? Rodgers & Hammerstein did! The Mercury Theatre presents A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING.  This salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein features songs from their well-known classics.  Conceived by Walter Bobbie, the show cleverly sequences 27 songs from the R&H era.  Each of the songs seamlessly segues into... Read more »

"Concerning Strange Devices From The Distant West" (TimeLine Theatre): Provocative Montage

"Concerning Strange Devices From The Distant West" (TimeLine Theatre): Provocative Montage
TimeLine Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST.  A Victorian woman stumbles on a photograph. She travels to Japan to grasp the subject matter.  A modern-day art collector goes to Japan in search of vintage photographs.  These pictures are clues to the past and present. Through interpretation, the woman... Read more »

"Luther" (Steep Theatre): Who is that guy?

"Luther" (Steep Theatre):  Who is that guy?
Steep Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of LUTHER.  The Foremans adopted Luther.  He is a volatile son with public displays of rage.  He is also a grown man.    Marjorie and Walter have brought into their home an emotionally disturbed war veteran.  They love him.  And he loves them.  It’s a sexless menage a trois. ... Read more »
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"La Boheme" (Lyric Opera): Wondrous!

"La Boheme" (Lyric Opera):  Wondrous!
Lyric Opera presents La Bohème.  It’s mid-19th century Paris.  A poet, a painter, a philosopher and a musician struggle for artistic expression and to pay the rent. After they charm and blackmail the landlord, they decide to head down to Cafe’ Momus. Trying to finish writing an article, Rodolfo promises to join them soon.  While he succumbs... Read more »

"Other Desert Cities" (Goodman Theatre): Family Drama Hollywood-style

"Other Desert Cities" (Goodman Theatre):  Family Drama Hollywood-style
Goodman Theatre presents OTHER DESERT CITIES.  The Wyeth family is gathering for the holidays.  Dad is a famous movie star.  Mom and Aunt Silda are successful screenwriters.  Brother produces reality shows.  And sister has finally found her own creative niche.  Brooke has written a tell-all book about her family.  Although the process has been cathartic... Read more »

"Accidental Death of an Anarchist" (Oracle Theatre): :(

"Accidental Death of an Anarchist" (Oracle Theatre):  :(
Oracle Theatre presents Accidental Death of an Anarchist.  A man was killed falling or being pushed out of a fourth floor window.  The situation is even more dramatic knowing that it was the fourth floor of a police station in Milan.  And the window was in the interrogation room. Down below, The Maniac has been arrested for... Read more »
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"Boy Gets Girl" (Raven Theatre): Terrifyingly Excellent!

"Boy Gets Girl" (Raven Theatre):  Terrifyingly Excellent!
Raven Theatre presents BOY GETS GIRL.  Theresa goes on a blind date with Tony.  She’s just not that in to him.  So, after a second date, she tells him that she doesn’t want to go out with him.  He won’t accept that it’s over before it begins.  He starts to try to woo her with... Read more »