Archive for January 2013

"Bud, Not Buddy" (Chicago Children's Theatre): Joyful Weeper!

"Bud, Not Buddy" (Chicago Children's Theatre):  Joyful Weeper!
Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Bud, Not Buddy.  Bud is a ten year old growing up in the Depression Era. Life has been rough for him.  His mama died four years ago.  The boys at the orphanage bully him.  Then, when his new foster family lock him in a shed, Bud decides to hit the road.  He’s leaving... Read more »

"Flare Path" (Griffin Theatre): Romantic Casualties of War

"Flare Path" (Griffin Theatre):  Romantic Casualties of War
Griffin Theatre Company presents FLARE PATH.  It’s WWII. The Falcon Hotel is on the edge of the Royal Air Force (RAF) base.  It’s the ideal location for servicemen to have reunion visits with their wives.  Teddy’s wife Patricia just arrived from London.  She is an actress in-between plays.  Teddy’s romantic plans are thwarted when a... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up The Inconvenience and Writers Theatre

Off Book Chats Up The Inconvenience and Writers Theatre
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews Writers’ Theatre’s “The Letters.”  Our special guest is The Inconvenience, Artistic Director Christopher Chmelik and playwright & company member Ike Holter. Their mega blockbuster “Hit the Wall” is heading to NYC next month and was also named Chicago Theatre Off Book #1 show in 2012. This January 18, 2013 episode of Chicago Theatre Off... Read more »
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"The Book of Mormon" (Broadway in Chicago): King Platt Version

"The Book of Mormon" (Broadway in Chicago):  King Platt Version
In the beginning, there was “South Park” on television and “Avenue Q” on stage and the people laughed and begged for more.  So, the creators searched their souls and Salt Lake City for inspiration and gave the world a tome of divine. Broadway in Chicago presents the Tony Award-winning THE BOOK OF MORMON.  Elder Price... Read more »

"American Wee-Pie" (Rivendell Theatre): Scrumptious!

"American Wee-Pie" (Rivendell Theatre):  Scrumptious!
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble presents the world premiere of AMERICAN WEE-PIE.  Zed’s mom died.  He returns to his childhood home to bury her.  He runs into Linz, a former classmate.  She happily rattles on about the comings and goings of others from their youth.  He doesn’t remember any of the people.  He is not connected to... Read more »

"Side Effects May Include..." (MadKap Productions): A Pleasant Buzz!

"Side Effects May Include..." (MadKap Productions):  A Pleasant Buzz!
MadKap Productions presents SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE…. .  Phil is a stand-up comic.  His job is to be funny.  People pay him to make them laugh.  When his wife is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, his life gets real serious, real fast.  Where’s the joke in a debilitating disease? What’s so amusing about taking drugs?  SIDE EFFECTS... Read more »
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"Caucasian Chalk Circle" (Promethean Ensemble): Melodius Buffoonery

"Caucasian Chalk Circle" (Promethean Ensemble):  Melodius Buffoonery
Promethean Ensemble presents CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE.  This is a musical parable.  It’s about life happenings that change a person’s direction. When Grusha’s employer is beheaded, his wife flees leaving behind their baby.  Reluctantly, Grusha rescues and raises the baby. When her soldier fiance returns from the revolution, he finds out about her kid and her... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Mary Arrchie's "Glass Menagerie" with Hans Fleischmann

Off Book Chats Up Mary Arrchie's "Glass Menagerie" with Hans Fleischmann
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book talks about Mary Arrchie’s successful, extended run of “Glass Menagerie”.  Our special guest is the “Glass Menagerie” director and performer, Hans Fleischmann. This January 11, 2013 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance Shot word of the day: glass Chicago Theatre Off Book is the new voice of community... Read more »

Fillet of Solo (Lifeline Theatre): Sweat Girls are in the House!

Fillet of Solo (Lifeline Theatre):  Sweat Girls are in the House!
Lifeline Theatre presents the 16th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival, January 3rd through 20th.  Chicago’s yearly salute to storytellers was conceived by Live Bait Theatre in 1995.  Since 2010, the festival continues to showcase solo performers with Lifeline Theatre serving as the producer.  Fillet of Solo is offering shows at two locations in Rogers Park,... Read more »
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"Allotment Annie" (Infusion Theatre): War Bride-zillas

"Allotment Annie" (Infusion Theatre):  War Bride-zillas
Infusion Theatre presents the world premiere of Allotment Annie.  It’s 1944.  Americans are fighting off the Germans overseas.  Meanwhile, war crimes are being committed right here on the home front.  A friendly Poughkeepsie, New York tavern welcomes the military.  Fran and Virginia will dance, screw and marry any service guy that walks in the door.   The gals... Read more »