Archive for May 2013

Off Book predicts the 2013 Jeff Awards

Off Book predicts the 2013 Jeff Awards
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is joined by our friends and fellow theatre critics; Dan Jakes, Oliver Sava and Anderson Lawfer, to predict the 2013 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards.  The Jeff Awards will be announced on Monday, June 3rd at the Park West ceremony extravaganza.  This show was a fun way to finish our Chicago... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru Aug 11th "The Liar" (Writers' Theatre): The Truth? Excellent!

EXTENDED Thru Aug 11th "The Liar" (Writers' Theatre):  The Truth?  Excellent!
Writers Theatre presents THE LIAR. There’s a reason that action oriented, superhero blockbusters come out in the summer. It’s the season to kick back. These fun ruses entertain for their energetic antics.  They aren’t a thought-provoking mind bend.  They are spirited romps to match our lust for a win and a romance for the good... Read more »

"What's The T?" (About Face Theatre): Truly Pressing

"What's The T?" (About Face Theatre):  Truly Pressing
Reviewed By Sara Eisenbaum  “What’s the T” begs the question What’s the Problem? Classism, racism, ageism, and homophobia/transphobia are still running rampant although people, especially in the seemingly gay city of Chicago, try to pat themselves on the back for the pseudo progress that has been made.  How refreshing to see a youth theater production as... Read more »
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"Smudge" (Ka-Tet Theatre): True Intent is Smudged

"Smudge" (Ka-Tet Theatre): True Intent is Smudged
Ka-Tet Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of SMUDGE. A married couple squints at an ultrasound picture trying to determine what their baby looks like.  Their discernment continues even after the baby is born.  Playwright Rachel Axler goes dark in this parental nightmare.  Axler births a baby that is missing limbs and a second eye.  She... Read more »

"In The Company of Men" (Profiles Theatre): Lacking the LaBute Punch

"In The Company of Men" (Profiles Theatre):  Lacking the LaBute Punch
Profiles Theatre presents the World Premiere of IN THE COMPANY OF MEN. I’ve seen a number of Neil LaBute’s plays.  His dialogue is riddled with profanity and comedy.  His characters are usually acerbic.  And the drama typically twists and warps unexpectedly.  I’m often left marred for life after a LaBute show.  His nuggets of wisdom... Read more »

"Grimm Fest" (First Floor Theater): Chicago Goes Grimm!

"Grimm Fest" (First Floor Theater): Chicago Goes Grimm!
First Floor Theater presents GRIMM FEST A couple of years ago, I was intrigued that not one but two television shows were dedicated to fairy tales.  “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm” weren’t targeted to kids.  They were adult dramas anchored in childhood stories.  I watched both for awhile impressed by the complete opposite approaches... Read more »
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Reverb (Red Twist Theater): A rocker and his chick are both pretty sick

Reverb (Red Twist Theater): A rocker and his chick are both pretty sick
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Redtwist Theatre presents REVERB. A few years ago, on a weekend budget cruise to Mexico, I ran into someone who looked familiar in the free sushi line. He was a character actor I had enjoyed in numerous indie films and the dearly departed HBO drama, Six Feet Under. I decided to... Read more »

"The Electric Baby" (Rivendell Theatre): Illuminating!

"The Electric Baby" (Rivendell Theatre):  Illuminating!
Potatoes under the arms absorb odor. Whiskey soaked socks cure a cough. A banana peel on the head makes a headache go away. Stefanie Zadravec’s play immediately charms as Kathy Logelin (Natalia) shares homespun remedies for ailments. The no-nonsense, sage-like Logelin captivates with her old world knowledge. Perched on one side of the theatre, Logelin... Read more »

"Fight Girl Battle World" (Infusion Theatre): Sci-Fi Geek's Wet Dream

"Fight Girl Battle World" (Infusion Theatre): Sci-Fi Geek's Wet Dream
Worlds collide in this intergalactic match-up. Humans vs aliens.  E-V vs Adon-Ra.  Comedy vs action.  Puppets vs actors.  The sci-fi spoof is a tribute to humanity.  Playwright Qui Nguyen penned the futuristic story of the extinction of the human race.   His clever satire tries to hook-up the last two humans in the galaxy; the streetfighter E-V   and... Read more »
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"Lascivious Something" (Signal Ensemble Theatre): Full-bodied with a Strong Finish

"Lascivious Something" (Signal Ensemble Theatre):  Full-bodied with a Strong Finish
Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING. What would you do if your past arrived on the doorstep of your present?  Playwright Shelia Callaghan answers that question with multiple choices.  Callaghan’s builds the intrigue on this love triangle. August disappeared 14 years ago.  Liza finally hunts him down.  She finds him married... Read more »