Posts in category "Chicago Shakespeare Theatre"

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Chicago Shakes): Elegant Buffoonery to a Big Band Sound

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Chicago Shakes):  Elegant Buffoonery to a Big Band Sound
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. Tis the season to make merry.  And Director Barbara Gaines does just that.  Shakespeare’s comedy classic gets an infusion of musicality and holiday spirit in Gaine’s production.  The story is familiar. Falstaff tries to secretly bed two women. His ruse backfires as the ladies end up... Read more »

"A Q Brothers' Xmas Carol" (Chicago Shakes): *Unofficially* Excellent!

"A Q Brothers' Xmas Carol" (Chicago Shakes):  *Unofficially* Excellent!
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Richard Jordan Productions LTD present A Q BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL. This is my unofficial review of this workshop production. The play is considered a work-in-progress.  So, press have been asked not to critique it.  Most probably the world premiere will be next year’s holiday season. Off the record, I would describe it... 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 »
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Cyrano de Bergerac (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): This Nose is too Long

Cyrano de Bergerac (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  This Nose is too Long
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents CYRANO de BERGERAC. Cyrano is a legendary character who woos with his words.  Edmond Rostand wrote the tale of a big-nosed man who seduced a woman with his eloquent wit and passion.  Anthony Burgess translated and adapted the poetic prose for an American audience.  This play is all about the skillful... Read more »

"Comedy of Errors" (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre): Welcome Diversion from the Parental Grind

"Comedy of Errors" (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre): Welcome Diversion from the Parental Grind
Reviewed by Chad T. Volkers Chicago Shakespeare Theater in the Parks presents A Comedy of Errors. It turns out that the audience of a Shakespeare play, when set in a Chicago park on a Sunday Afternoon, tends toward the string-cheese side of life. I should have anticipated this, and yet, here I was, gobsmacked by... Read more »

"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 »
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"Henry VIII" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Majestic Pageantry

"Henry VIII" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  Majestic Pageantry
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the Chicago premiere of HENRY VIII, 400 years after its debut. In the decade following the death of Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare penned the tumultuous romance  of her parents.  The Bard chronicles the political intrigue surrounding the meeting of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.  Originally entitled “All is True,” the... Read more »

EXTENDED AGAIN Thru July 27th "Othello: The Remix" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Rapped Perfectly!

EXTENDED AGAIN Thru July 27th "Othello:  The Remix" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Rapped Perfectly!
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents OTHELLO:  THE REMIX.  Othello is a big time rapper.  He meets and marries an aspiring singer, Desdemona.  She becomes his muse and he becomes in even bigger celebrity.  His homeboy Iago gets jealous.  Then, when Othello promotes the up-and-comer Cassio as his new opening act. Iago gets ruthless.  Iago decides to... Read more »

"Julius Caesar" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Action-packed War Zone

"Julius Caesar" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  Action-packed War Zone
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents JULIUS CAESAR.  The crowd loves a winner.  Julius Caesar is their guy.  They want to make him a king.  His side kick Marc Anthony is all for it.  The rest of the Senate? Not so much.  They fear JC becoming a dictator and destroying the Republic rule. Cassius, in particular, is... Read more »
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"Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Engaging, Explicit, Evocative and soon Exiting

"Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  Engaging, Explicit, Evocative and soon Exiting
Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s World Stage Series presents Belarus Free Theatre’s MINSK, 2011:  A REPLY TO KATHY ACKER.  Minsk is the capital in the country of Belarus.  Kathy Acker was a post-modern performing artist and author that focused on eroticism and misogynist tyranny.  The Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 to give voice and unity... Read more »