Archive for May 2013

"Next Fall" (AstonRep Theatre): Merits Fall Into A Sinkhole

"Next Fall" (AstonRep Theatre):  Merits Fall Into A Sinkhole
Reviewed by Sara Eisenbaum “Next Fall” at itʼs core is religiously cliche and offers a great deal of contradictions that for the most part are not welcome. Maybe because Godʼs love is the rather large mainstay of the performance I am feeling the need to purge a bit of kindness in order to atone for... Read more »

"Collected Stories": (American Blues Theatre): The Story is The Story

"Collected Stories":  (American Blues Theatre):  The Story is The Story
A writer writing about writers struggling to tell their story has an amusing symmetry.  In an ode to his craft, Playwright Donald Margulies explores multiple themes.  Margulies illustrates the relationship of two writers over a six year period, starting out teacher to student before evolving.  Carmen Roman (Ruth) becomes mentor, employer, mother, contender.  And Gwendolyn Whiteside (Lisa) becomes a writer.  Margulies... Read more »

"Oklahoma" (Lyric Opera): Hottest Destination This May

"Oklahoma" (Lyric Opera):  Hottest Destination This May
80.  Lyric Opera premieres a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! “Oklahoma!” debuted in 1943.  The one-of-a-kind musical combined elements of music, comedy and dance into one super-sized showcase. This first collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein defined what a Broadway musical blockbuster could be, would be, and should be.  Seventy years old and unstoppable,... Read more »
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"Tea with Edie and Fitz" (Dead Writers Theatre Collective): Tea is for Terrific

"Tea with Edie and Fitz" (Dead Writers Theatre Collective): Tea is for Terrific
Dead Writers Theatre Collective presents the Chicago premiere of Tea with Edie and Fitz – a show all about the fusion of writing.  Playwright Adam Pasen has imagined the 1925 meeting of iconic writers; Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Historically, little is known about the actual event that would cause Wharton and Fitzgerald to ‘defriend‘ after one tea party. ... Read more »