Archive for October 2013

"The Goddess" (The Artistic Home): Honest, True-Hollywood Revelations

"The Goddess" (The Artistic Home):  Honest, True-Hollywood Revelations
The Artistic Home presents THE GODDESS. Screen-playwright Paddy Chayefsky penned a Hollywood exposé.  He wrote about small town, unloved Emily Ann blossoming into Tinsel Town siren Rita.  Although Chayefsky denies that she is based on Marilyn Monroe, his Rita also became entangled with a sports celebrity and drugs on her climb to fame. The glamour of her... Read more »

Chicago’s Weird, Grandma (Barrel of Monkeys): World Saved

Chicago’s Weird, Grandma (Barrel of Monkeys): World Saved
Reviewed by Jennifer Benoit Bryan Barrel of Monkeys presents Chicago’s Weird, Grandma, plays written by kids in Chicago Public Schools and performed by their teachers, the members of Barrel of Monkeys.  I have to admit that I was a little worried when I saw all the kids who were in the theatre’s seats, I wondered... Read more »

Review "Pygmalion" (ShawChicago): Bloody Brilliant Depiction

Review "Pygmalion" (ShawChicago):  Bloody Brilliant Depiction
The short description of Pygmalion might be ‘My Fair Lady without the music.’ That explanation would truly be a disservice to George Bernard Shaw. Although I love the musical, especially the movie version with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, for its pageantry and catchy tunes, it does not fully capture the radical aspects of Shaw’s play. He intricately and... Read more »
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"The Wedding Singer" (Haven Theatre): Rocking, Sweet Frolic

"The Wedding Singer" (Haven Theatre):  Rocking, Sweet Frolic
Haven Theatre Chicago presents THE WEDDING SINGER. The 1998 movie THE WEDDING SINGER starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore was a rom-com hit.  The romantic tale was set in the 1980s.  Half the popularity of the movie was the nostalgia around the music and fashion.  The 80s was the dawn of the music video.  More than... Read more »

"Lord of the Flies" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Boys will be b--- SAVAGES!

"Lord of the Flies" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Boys will be b--- SAVAGES!
Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents LORD OF THE FLIES. With his first published novel, LORD OF THE FLIES, William Goldring became an iconic writer.  His book about teenage boys forced to establish a civilization continues to be a shocker for new generations of readers.  He examines human nature challenged by puberty in a chaperone-free zone.... Read more »

"Madame Butterfly" (Lyric Opera): Exquisite Echalaz Entrances

"Madame Butterfly" (Lyric Opera):  Exquisite Echalaz Entrances
Based on the short story by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is an opera warhouse.  Since its world premiere in 1905, it has become a favorite of opera goers for its searing emotion.  This current production actualizes the bittersweet passion led by the fierce Amanda Echalaz (Cio-Cio-San).  Playing a naïve 15 year, Echalaz enchants in... Read more »
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"Master Class" (Theo Ubique Theatre): Diva-licious!

"Master Class" (Theo Ubique Theatre): Diva-licious!
The legendary diva, Maria Callas, is resurrected in Two-Time Jeff Award Winner Kelli Harrington.  Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre presents MASTER CLASS. Playwright Terrence McNally penned a tribute to the opera sensation.  His Tony Award-winning play focuses on the retired singer’s 1971-1972 stint teaching at Julliard in NYC.  McNally reflects on Callas’ professional and personal prima... Read more »

"The Table" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Moses Lives!

"The Table" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  Moses Lives!
Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicks off this season’s World’s Stage Series with The Table, a Blind Summit production from the United Kingdom. The Table is a show about a puppet on a table. Using the traditional Japanese Bunraku style of puppetry, three performers manipulate a two foot puppet named Moses. The puppet’s body looks like a naked Dobi from the “Harry Potter” movies. His... Read more »

"Compulsion" (Next Theatre): Diary of a Mad Man

"Compulsion" (Next Theatre):  Diary of a Mad Man
Next Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of COMPULSION. Playwright Rinne Groff blurs fiction and non-fiction in his play about a novelist’s obsession with a diary. Groff imagines the real life struggle of Meyer Levin in adapting the “Diary of Anne Frank” into a stage play. Levin is portrayed as Syd Silver and played with... Read more »
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Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (pH Productions): Don’t dream it…go see it!

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (pH Productions): Don’t dream it…go see it!
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Before 1975’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show became a collegiate coming-of-age ritual and the longest-running midnight movie of all time (and still counting), it was a stage production that originated in London. While it’s impossible to recreate how fresh, exciting and dangerous Dr. Frank-N-Furter and company appeared to those British audiences... Read more »