Posts in category "A Red Orchid Theatre"

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 »

"In A Garden" A Red Orchid Grows and Thrives

"In A Garden" A Red Orchid Grows and Thrives
A Red Orchid Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of IN A GARDEN.  It’s the Middle East in 1989.  An American architect is meeting with the Minister of Culture about a potential project.  Minister Othman wants Mr. Hackett to construct a structure in tribute to his childhood memories. Othman wants simplistic beauty amidst a changing political... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru Dec 15 "The Opponent" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Bonafide Winner!

EXTENDED Thru Dec 15 "The Opponent" (A Red Orchid Theatre):  Bonafide Winner!
A Red Orchid Theatre presents the world premiere of ensemble member Brett Neveu’s THE OPPONENT.  It’s the day of the big fight.  Donell is a boxer heading to New Orleans for a pay-per-view match. He’s hit the big time.  Donell is planning to kick off his undefeated career tonight.  As Donell chats about cars and mansions,... Read more »
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"Butcher of Baraboo" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Prime Cut of Comedy Marinated in Intrigue

"Butcher of Baraboo" (A Red Orchid Theatre):  Prime Cut of Comedy Marinated in Intrigue
#111. Secrets were fun when I was young.  Knowing who cheated on a test, who liked liked someone, who pissed his pants was important.  As I’ve gotten older, ‘it’s a secret‘ becomes a burdensome request.  Knowing who cheated on his tax return, who liked liked someone’s husband, who pissed off her boss has lost it’s... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru March 11th "Megacosm" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Sci-Fi, Corporate Corruption, Comedy!

#9.  When I got the collateral press material on Megacosm, there wasn’t a lot of description.  When I chatted with Playwright Brett Neveu a couple days before the premiere, there wasn’t a lot of description.  When I saw Megacosm, there was a surprise with ‘stunning implications!’ A Red Orchid Theatre presents the world premiere of Megacosm.  Chris has a new invention. ... Read more »

"Becky Shaw" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Wacky Blind Date Scenario!

"Becky Shaw" (A Red Orchid Theatre):  Wacky Blind Date Scenario!
I hang my meddling credentials on a married couple celebrating 20+ years.  I did that!   With only one real success, I still get in there to match-to-win.  On a particular tragic set-up, I was a witness to my interference.  We set David’s best friend up with my mom’s coworker.  The conversation was reduced to listing favorite... Read more »
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Review "The Mandrake": Comedic Twist on Adultery

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of April 24th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers A Red Orchid Theatre presents THE MANDRAKE At 1531 N. Wells Street Written by Niccolo Machiavelli Translated by Peter Constantine Directed by Steve Scott Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 3pm Thru May 22nd Buy Tickets Running Time:... Read more »

Review "The New Electric Ballroom": Intriguing Never-Ending Dance

A Red Orchid Theatre presentsTHE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM At 1531 N. WellsWritten by Enda WalshDirected by Robin WittThursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 3pmThru March 6th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Ninety minutes with no intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh What happens to a coming-of-age story if the rite of passage takes a detour?  What becomes... Read more »

Going to "BALLROOM" "TO BE PRETTY", NEXT "SEX" TIMELINE to "BOYS"

A slew of wonderful play offerings slide January into February… 1.25.11  The New Electric Ballroom at A Red Orchid Theatre (JSJ) 1.27.11  Reasons to be Pretty at Profiles Theatre (JKJV) 1.28.11  Madagascar at Next Theatre (DM) 1.29.11  Sex with Strangers at Steppenwolf Theatre (JJV) 1.30.11  In Darfur at Timeline Theatre (JAC)  1.31.11  Boys Room at Victory Gardens... Read more »
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Review "Louis Slotin Sonata": A Concerto of Science & Religion with Comedic Rhythm!

                          A Red Orchid Theatre presents     Louis Slotin Sonata    Written by Paul Mullin Directed by Karen Kessler A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells (map) through October 24th  |  tickets: $25-$30  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh ‘Tickling the dragon’s... Read more »