Archive for March 2013

"A Streetcar Named Desire" (Lyric Opera): Perfect, Steamy, Hot Opera

"A Streetcar Named Desire" (Lyric Opera):  Perfect, Steamy, Hot Opera
Lyric Opera presents the Chicago premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche is a faded southern belle. She resonates old-fashion sophistication and a prudish nature. She is visiting her younger sister in New Orleans. Stella is happy to see her. The beer-drinking and poker-playing brother-in-law is not as welcoming. In a one bedroom apartment, Stanley resents Blanche... Read more »

"Beautiful Broken" (Broken Nose Theatre): Simply Light, Lovely...and Long

"Beautiful Broken" (Broken Nose Theatre):  Simply Light, Lovely...and Long
Broken Nose Theatre presents the world premiere of BEAUTIFUL BROKEN.  Paul is haunted by a ghost.  Bridgette is haunted by her past.  Onstage is the story of “Romeo & Juliet.” Backstage is the story of Paul & Bridgette.  This is a play about the relationships that happen in a theatre company once the acting stops. ... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru May 25th "The Night of the Iguana" (The Artistic Home): Brings the heat!

EXTENDED Thru May 25th "The Night of the Iguana" (The Artistic Home):  Brings the heat!
The Artistic Home presents THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, the first production in their new artistic home.  Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon is having a nervous breakdown.  He had an affair with a Sunday school teacher.  And now his congregation hates him.  So, he runs away to Puerto Vallarta and drags a bus of sight-seers with... Read more »
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Off Book Chats up Modofac's CCX, Wayward Productions and Carlo Lorenzo Garcia

Off Book Chats up Modofac's CCX, Wayward Productions and Carlo Lorenzo Garcia
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews Modofac Productions‘ CCX.  Our special guest is Carlo Lorenzo Garcia producing Artistic Director at Mary Arrchie and director of Wayward Production’s Richard III. This March 29th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance                                                                                                  Shot word of the day:  brotherhood Chicago Theatre Off Book is the new voice of... Read more »

"The Emperor's New Threads (Lifeline Theatre): Spring Runway Hit!

"The Emperor's New Threads (Lifeline Theatre):  Spring Runway Hit!
The Emperor is addicted to clothes. He wants to dress for success. His outfits are over-the-top outrageous. And his Kingdom has caught his fashion fever. Everyone is rocking new and expensive outfits. To keep looking so good, the Emperor has issued a fashion tax. His well-dressed people must work more hours to keep their King... Read more »

"Elsewhere" (Side Project Theatre): Gender Equality Cloaked in Mascara, Booze and Cigarettes

"Elsewhere" (Side Project Theatre):  Gender Equality Cloaked in Mascara, Booze and Cigarettes
Reviewed by Sara Eisenbaum Quite literally a hop, skip, and a jump from my doorstep is the Side Project Theater. No bigger than a Chicago style bedroom, the experience is more like the family reunion scene in “Dan in Real Life” where one can sigh a feeling of comfort and let down their stiff upper... Read more »
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"Dawn Quixote" (The Building Stage): Profoundly Nostalgic

"Dawn Quixote" (The Building Stage):  Profoundly Nostalgic
The Building Stage presents the World Premiere of DAWN, QUIXOTE.  Don Quixote was an ordinary man who believed his destiny was to be extraordinary. In his mind, his quest had him attempt to rescue damsels in distress from giants.  The reality was he couldn’t save the prostitutes or stop the windmills.  As Quixote awaits the... Read more »

"Red Hamlet" (Red Theater): Poetic Content Riddled with Comedy Bits

"Red Hamlet" (Red Theater):  Poetic Content Riddled with Comedy Bits
Red Theater presents the Chicago premiere of RED HAMLET.  His dad is dead.  His mom is his aunt.  His girlfriend is pregnant.  Life is making Hamlet crazy.  It doesn’t help when his dad’s ghost guilts him in to a murder investigation.  Meanwhile, Fortinbras keeps popping up to avenge his own father’s death.  And Rosencrantz and... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Strawdog and Mercury Theatre

Off Book Chats Up Strawdog and Mercury Theatre
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews Strawdog Theatre’s KILL SHAKESPEARE.  Our special guest is L. Walter Stearns from Mercury Theatre. This March 22nd episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance                                                                                                   Shot word of the day:  circus Join us on March 24th, 2pm-5pm, at Marty’s Martini Bar for our fundraiser. No admission costs! ... Read more »
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“Jekyll & Hyde” (Broadway in Chicago): (Sigh)

“Jekyll & Hyde” (Broadway in Chicago): (Sigh)
Reviewed by Richard Malone The new production of the musical Jekyll & Hyde is in the middle of a short-run in Chicago prior to setting up shop for an extended Broadway run next month.  Based on the 19th century Robert Louis Stevenson novella, “Jekyll & Hyde” tells the story of Dr. Jekyll (Constantine Maroulis), who... Read more »