Archive for November 2013

EXTENDED Thru Dec 29th "The Normal Heart" (Timeline Theatre): Stunning!

EXTENDED Thru Dec 29th "The Normal Heart" (Timeline Theatre):  Stunning!
TimeLine Theatre presents THE NORMAL HEART. In 1981, The New York Times published an article about ‘a rare cancer’ found in 41 homosexuals.  In 2013, the Center for Disease Control reports 1.1 million Americans are living with the HIV infection.  TimeLine Theatre strives to connect the present with the past.  THE NORMAL HEART chronicles the... Read more »

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Griffin Theatre): W-I-N-N-E-R!

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Griffin Theatre):  W-I-N-N-E-R!
Griffin Theatre Company opens its 25th Anniversary Season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. C-l-e-v-e-r! Rebecca Feldman originated the improvisational play “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E” to be performed by The Farm, an improv troupe in New York. The “Spelling Bee” was then workshopped and developed at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts. With music and lyrics by William Finn, book... Read more »

"Elegy" (The Elegy Project): More Mechanical Than Emotional

"Elegy" (The Elegy Project):  More Mechanical Than Emotional
The Elegy Project presents the Chicago premiere of ELEGY. The Holocaust was horrific.  Jews were hunted, persecuted, and killed.  Despite my strong belief in the context of ELEGY, the emotional engagement was missing from the content.  Playwright Ron Hirsen’s story is about a poet survivor of Auschwitz.  Hirsen sets the bulk of the story in... Read more »
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"They Died Where They Lied" (Akvavit Theatre): Cautionary Tale about Marrying Booze, Camping and Anger Together

"They Died Where They Lied" (Akvavit Theatre): Cautionary Tale about Marrying Booze, Camping and Anger Together
Akvavit Theatre presents THEY DIED WHERE THEY LIED. The Akvavit Theatre is a newer company focusing on ‘what “Nordic” means and how it is perceived through translated theatre performance.’  THEY DIED WHERE THEY LIED was my first opportunity to be exposed to their artistic mission.  On the surface, it seemed very Americana.  An estranged couple... Read more »

2013 Equity Jeff Winners: T4W predicted 12 of 31

2013 Equity Jeff Winners:  T4W predicted 12 of 31
2013 EQUITY JEFF AWARD WINNERS  (productions August 1, 2012 through July 30, 2013)  PRODUCTION – PLAY – LARGE WINNER & T4W –>“Good People” – Steppenwolf Theatre Company “Jitney” – Court Theatre “The Liar” – Writers’ Theatre “Metamorphoses” – Lookingglass Theatre Company “The School for Lies” – Chicago Shakespeare Theater PRODUCTION – PLAY – MIDSIZE “33... Read more »

Extended Thru Dec 14th"All Girl Frankenstein" (The Chicago Mammals): Gender-bender Monster Tale

Extended Thru Dec 14th"All Girl Frankenstein" (The Chicago Mammals): Gender-bender Monster Tale
Halloween is always a spookfest.  Neighborhoods, bars and theaters channel their inner ghoul. The Chicago Mammals have gotten into the holiday spirit presenting their own twist on a classic.  Adapter and director Bob Fisher follows up last year’s successful All Girl Moby Dick (our review) with an all female driven Frankenstein. Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.
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"Good Thing" (Poor Theatre): Evocative Story Needs Tightening

"Good Thing" (Poor Theatre):  Evocative Story Needs Tightening
Poor Theatre presents GOOD THING. Playwright Jessica Goldberg tackles an evocative subject: drug addicts having babies. Goldberg approaches the topic with true grit. She never reduces it to Jerry Springer sensational. She keeps it real, focusing on the post high school life of four students and two teachers. Goldberg develops complex relationships between brothers, spouses, and unrequited... Read more »

Musical of the Living Dead (Cowardly Scarecrow Theater Company): Ballsy, salty musical becomes a new Halloween tradition

Musical of the Living Dead (Cowardly Scarecrow Theater Company): Ballsy, salty musical becomes a new Halloween tradition
Reviewed by Tom Lawler The Zombie Apocalypse is nothing to fear. In fact, we’re rapidly approaching the era of peak zombie production as our TVs (The Walking Dead), movie theaters (World War Z) and even in-boxes(“Re: Tix still left for this wknd’s zombie wine stroll!!”)are lousy with sightings of the undead with no major harm... Read more »