Archive for July 2013

"Bedroom Farce" (Eclipse Theatre): Groovy Vintage Sitcom Rerun

"Bedroom Farce" (Eclipse Theatre):  Groovy Vintage Sitcom Rerun
Eclipse Theatre presents BEDROOM FARCE, the second offering in their Sir Alan Ayckbourn season.  Eclipse’s mission is one playwright – one season. Four couples. Three bedrooms.  Two estranged. One party.  Ayckbourn debuted his comedy in 1975.  The play calls for the stage to be divided into three separate bedrooms in three different houses.  Set Designer... Read more »

"Mojada" (Victory Gardens): Compelling Expose on Immigration and Medea

"Mojada" (Victory Gardens):  Compelling Expose on Immigration and Medea
122.  Victory Gardens presents the world premiere of MOJADA. “Medea” is the Greek legend of a betrayed woman’s ultimate revenge.  Playwright Luis Alfaro modernizes the classic with modern twists.  Alfaro pens a tale of a Mexican family running away to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Alfaro cleverly fuses together elements from the tragic myth with immigration issues. ... Read more »

"Rooms: a rock romance" (Broken Nose Theatre): Love Rocks!

"Rooms: a rock romance" (Broken Nose Theatre): Love Rocks!
Broken Nose Theatre presents ROOMS: a rock romance W.I.T.!  The character Monica keeps announcing ‘Whatever It Takes‘ to her cohort Ian in their climb from obscurity to fame.  Life imitates art as Matt Deitchman (Ian) and Hillary Marren (Monica) certainly do whatever it took to actualize this play.  Even with the cranked Collaboraction Theatre air conditioning inside, the steamy 97... Read more »
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"Shrek the Musical" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Pleasure Guaranteed

"Shrek the Musical" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Pleasure Guaranteed
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents SHREK THE MUSICAL. The Dreamworks beloved animated classic is waving its “Freak Flag” on Navy Pier this summer.  The atypical ogre-gets-the-girl love story makes the perfect kid theatrical outing. Chicago Shakes has abbreviated and fine-tuned the familiar tale.  The big heaps of heart and comedy are concentrated into a tight family-friendly... Read more »

"Fallow" (Steep Theatre): Timely and Truthful

"Fallow" (Steep Theatre):  Timely and Truthful
Steep Theatre presents the Midwest Premiere of FALLOW. Kenneth Lin’s Chicago debut is incredibly timely in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict.  A young boy is killed because of an assailant’s assumption.  Would it make a difference if he was white?  And why should it?  In Lin’s story, the victim is white.  And all the... Read more »

"The Casuals" (Jackalope Theatre): Intriguing Story Needs More Combustibility

"The Casuals" (Jackalope Theatre):  Intriguing Story Needs More Combustibility
Jackalope Theatre Company, in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs with Special Events, presents the World Premiere of THE CASUALS. A Military secret op is the very epitome of drama.  Playwrights Chance Bone and Andrew Burden Swanson debut their take on the personal side of atom bomb testing.  They tell the story about... Read more »
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EXTENDED Thru Sept 15 "Simpatico" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Fascinating Story is a LONG Con

EXTENDED Thru Sept 15 "Simpatico" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Fascinating Story is a LONG Con
A Red Orchid Theatre presents Simpatico Director Dado uses cinematic flair to begin this play. The stark stage is preset with only a folded bed. The music blares. And the set is dressed with opening movie credits-like panache. Chairs crash in. Windows drop in. A sofa swirls in. This all happens in moments as the words “Simpatico” and... Read more »

Pre-show dining (Bistronomic): Five Star Bargain

Pre-show dining (Bistronomic):  Five Star Bargain
I have the good fortune to see Chicago theatre several nights a week.  I’m always on the hunt for a preshow bite that is tasty and inexpensive.  Recently, I was asked to check out the pre-fixe theatre menu at Bistronomic. Chef Martial Noguier is offering a special sampling of his French influenced menu for early... Read more »

"Hedwig and The Angry Inch" (Haven Theatre Chicago): Head-bopping, Side-splitting, Heart-tugging

"Hedwig and The Angry Inch" (Haven Theatre Chicago):  Head-bopping, Side-splitting, Heart-tugging
Haven Theatre Chicago presents their inaugural production, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. Playwright John Cameron Mitchell turned an original story into a cult classic.  His heroine is an East German rock-n-roll singer.  She used to be Hansel and now she’s an “internationally ignored song stylist” named Hedwig.  Her show is part rock and roll concert,... Read more »
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"Belleville" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Thriller? Drama? Comedy?

"Belleville" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Thriller? Drama? Comedy?
Steppenwolf Theatre presents the World Premiere of Belleville.  Playwright Amy Herzog’s debut is a head scratcher.  On one hand, the acting is so genuine I’m pulled into this couple’s codependent relationship.  Kate Arrington (Abby) and Cliff Chamberlain (Zack) are a couple.  Their history is immediately apparent in the familiar teasing, finishing each other’s stories and... Read more »