Archive for February 2013

"A Soldier's Play" (Raven Theatre): 2.4 GPA on a 4.0 Scale

"A Soldier's Play" (Raven Theatre): 2.4 GPA on a 4.0 Scale
Reviewed by Chad T. Volkers A Soldier’s Play was alright. I’ve stressed and strained over the past week trying to move beyond that perspective, convinced that I’d perhaps missed something that the gentleman who sat in front of me had picked up on, the one who’d thought the play was “wonderful, just wonderful.” He said this... Read more »

The Fall of the House of Usher (Chicago Opera Theater): Glorious Gloom

The Fall of the House of Usher (Chicago Opera Theater): Glorious Gloom
Reviewed by Tom Lawler There are good reasons a story like Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of User endures. For starters, it’s the genre it helped popularize. A key 19th-century work that brought the Gothic and horror story from its Germanic origins into the Victorian age (it was penned before Bram Stroker’s... Read more »

25 Saints (Pine Box Theater): Meth is a killer and beware of Ms. Duffy

25 Saints (Pine Box Theater): Meth is a killer and beware of Ms. Duffy
Reviewed by Tom Lawler The first thing to notice about Pine Box Theater’s world-premiere production of 25 Saints is its set.  As realized by scenic designer John Ross Wilson, it’s a fantastically seedy recreation of a West Virginia cabin outfitted with a dingy couch, a dusty throw that seems to be made of burlap and... Read more »
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Off Book Chats Up Mercury, Timeline, Modofac with Jim Lynch

Off Book Chats Up Mercury, Timeline, Modofac with Jim Lynch
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews “A Grand Night for Singing” at Mercury Theatre and ”Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West” at TimeLine Theatre. Our special guest is Jim Lynch the playwright for “CCX” with Modofac Productions. This February 22, 2013 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance                                                                                                   Shot word of the day: Irish Join us on March 24th, 2pm-5pm, at Marty’s Martini Bar for our fundraiser. No admission costs!  Come and drink martinis (or any beverage) and... Read more »

"Lefties" (St. Sebastian Players): Needs Less To Be More

"Lefties" (St. Sebastian Players):  Needs Less To Be More
Saint Sebastian Players presents the world premiere of Lefties.  It’s 1930’s in Youngstown, Ohio.  Russian immigrants, Ivana and Vladimir, are raising their son during the Red Scare.  Vladimir has been targeted as a rebel for advocating for union workers.  His passionate appeal for social reform has labeled him a commie.  The country’s anti-Russian sentiment makes his employment... Read more »

"American Legends" (Joffrey Ballet)

"American Legends" (Joffrey Ballet)
Reviewed by Chad T. Volkers In the interests of disclosure I must admit that my only qualification for judging this ballet (apart from the fact that I attended it) is that when I was 19 I dated a girl who’s sister had some sort of shadow-y and much discussed-in-quiet-voices association with a Canadian ballet company... Read more »
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Review "Lonesome Hollow" (Idle Muse Theatre): Inconceivable AND Totally Believable

Review "Lonesome Hollow" (Idle Muse Theatre):  Inconceivable AND Totally Believable
Idle Muse Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Lonesome Hollow. In the near future, the U.S. has found an effective way to punish sex offenders. They become the residents in their own isolated town. These towns are governed by a private company. The company has authority to enforce order and normalcy without interference. The town of Lonesome... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up House, Goodman, Lifeline with Chris Walsh

Off Book Chats Up House, Goodman, Lifeline with Chris Walsh
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews “The Magnificents” at The House Theatre of Chicago and “Other Desert Cities” at Goodman Theatre.  Our special guest is Christopher M. Walsh from Lifeline Theatre This February 15, 2013 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance                                                                                                  Shot word of the day: Canada Join us on March 24th, 2pm-5pm,... Read more »

"Julius Caesar" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Action-packed War Zone

"Julius Caesar" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  Action-packed War Zone
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents JULIUS CAESAR.  The crowd loves a winner.  Julius Caesar is their guy.  They want to make him a king.  His side kick Marc Anthony is all for it.  The rest of the Senate? Not so much.  They fear JC becoming a dictator and destroying the Republic rule. Cassius, in particular, is... Read more »
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"Teddy Ferrara" (Goodman Theatre): What are you trying to say, Teddy?

"Teddy Ferrara" (Goodman Theatre): What are you trying to say, Teddy?
Goodman Theatre presents the world premiere of TEDDY FERRARA.  Gabe is a senior in college.  He plans to make this year the best.  He wants a boyfriend, a student presidency and a post-graduation job working on a Senate campaign.  In between, he is trying to pull the LGBTQ community together for a party.  Meanwhile, the... Read more »