Archive for May 2013

Off Book Chats Up Lookingglass, Silk Road, Livewire and more!

Off Book Chats Up Lookingglass, Silk Road, Livewire and more!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews “Still Alice” at Lookingglass Theatre  and “Lake Effect” at Silk Road Rising. Our special guest is Joshua Aaron Weinstein, Executive Director at LiveWire Chicago Theatre. This May 17th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by Marty’s Martini Bar. Shot word of the day:  fascinating Chicago Theatre... Read more »

"Henry VIII" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Majestic Pageantry

"Henry VIII" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  Majestic Pageantry
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the Chicago premiere of HENRY VIII, 400 years after its debut. In the decade following the death of Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare penned the tumultuous romance  of her parents.  The Bard chronicles the political intrigue surrounding the meeting of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.  Originally entitled “All is True,” the... Read more »

"Seek and Ye Shall Find" (Mortar Theatre): Tour de Force

"Seek and Ye Shall Find" (Mortar Theatre): Tour de Force
Q: What do you get when the Million Man March intersects with the Gay Pride Parade? A: Sentell Harper as the tour de force Grand Marshal. Sentell Harper is sensational in his one man show. As the writer and performer, he confronts his own prejudice against gay black men. Sentell takes a journey on the Red Line... Read more »
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"The Hunting of the Snark" (Strawdog Theatre): Coloring-Out-Of-The-Lines Literature

"The Hunting of the Snark" (Strawdog Theatre):  Coloring-Out-Of-The-Lines Literature
Strawdog Theatre Company’s Hugen Hall presents the World premiere of THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK. Stepping into Hugen Hall for this show, it’s apparent playtime has started before the play time.  The quirky-dressed ensemble is mingling.  The laughter is loud.  The energy is bubbling.  It has all the makings for a party.  The cast is... Read more »

"By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" (Goodman Theatre): Ironic Tribute

"By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" (Goodman Theatre):  Ironic Tribute
Goodman Theatre presents BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK. It wasn’t enough for Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lynn Nottage to establish the backstory on her main character, Vera Stark.  Nottage had to give her a fleshed out existence with parents, husbands, an Oscar nomination, an autobiography, and a Vegas act. All these factoids are only hinted... Read more »

"Ivywild" (The-Hypocrites): Amusement on Kays-Torrence Ride

"Ivywild" (The-Hypocrites):  Amusement on Kays-Torrence Ride
The Hypocrites present the world premiere of IVYWILD. Director Halena Kays and Playwright Jay Torrence team up together to make another historical spectacle.  Last year, they re-imagined the fire at Chicago’s Iroquois Theatre with the highly successful Neo-futurists’ run of “Burning Bluebeard.”  Now, the true tall tales of Bathhouse John is getting the Kays-Torrence treatment.... Read more »
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Off Book Chats Up Oracle, Porchlight, and AstonRep

Off Book Chats Up Oracle, Porchlight, and AstonRep
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews “The Mother” at Oracle Theatre and “My Pal Joey” at Porchlight Music Theatre. Our special guest is Robert Tobin, Artistic Director at AstonRep Theatre. This May 10th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by Marty’s Martini Bar.  Shot word of the day:  dance Chicago Theatre Off Book... Read more »

"Blood and Gifts" (Timeline Theatre): Thrilling, Stinging, Frightening

"Blood and Gifts" (Timeline Theatre):  Thrilling, Stinging, Frightening
TimeLine Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of BLOOD AND GIFTS. Reeling in the aftermath of 9/11, the United States became obsessed hunting weapons of mass destruction and Osama bid Laden.  Across the country, Americans scratched their heads and mused, ‘how did we get here?‘  Playwright J.T. Rogers answers that question by chronicling the 1980’s Soviet-Afghan... Read more »

"If You Split A Second" (Pegasus Players): Fascinating Premise

"If You Split A Second" (Pegasus Players):  Fascinating Premise
Pegasus Players present IF YOU SPLIT A SECOND. Playwright Dana Lynn Formby unveils her newest project. A split-second decision changes a man’s life forever. He goes to prison and his life continues without him. The premise fascinates. Formby has written the story to be primarily narrated by the incarcerated Mick played by Dylan McGorty. The effect of Mick’s... Read more »
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EXTENDED Thru July 14th "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (Raven Theatre): Homespun, Heartfelt Comedy

EXTENDED Thru July 14th "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (Raven Theatre):  Homespun, Heartfelt Comedy
Raven Theatre presents BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS.   Playwright Neil Simon penned this ode to his childhood.  It’s the first of his Eugene trilogy that included “Biloxi Blues” and “Broadway Bound.” In BRIGHTON, Simon remembers growing up in a blended Jewish family pre-World War II.   Financial woes mingle with relational roles as the young narrator struggles... Read more »