Posts in category "House Theatre"

"The Magnificents" (House Theatre): MAGNIFICENT!

"The Magnificents" (House Theatre):  MAGNIFICENT!
To make braving last night’s ice storm worth it, a show has to be pretty magnificent.  Well, TA-DA… The House Theatre of Chicago presents THE MAGNIFICENTS.  It’s 1933 in Small Town, USA.  Magnificent is an aging magician.  He and his wife Rosie have assembled a band of misfits for their traveling circus.  Under their big... Read more »

"Death and Harry Houdini" (The House Theatre): A Marvel!

"Death and Harry Houdini" (The House Theatre): A Marvel!
#143.  In 2002, I was a barista at Seattle’s Best.  It was my *creative writing years.* The coffee shop was ideal because I got insurance and free coffee.  I did the morning shift with my fave coworker, Dr. Krohl.  We became acquainted with this guy named Nathan and his trolley driving friends.  They were trying... Read more »

"The Magic Parlour": Dennis Watkins IS Magic!

"The Magic Parlour": Dennis Watkins IS Magic!
#137. “It’s magic!” is a phrase I like to use to describe things I can’t explain.  It doesn’t matter what it is… computer glitch resolved, discovered last cookie, perfect hair day.  Since childhood, I embrace the magical qualities of the unexpected.  I legitimize any wondrous moment with the hocus pocus theory. In September 2010, third... Read more »

"Nutcracker" (House Theatre of Chicago): Holiday Thriller Rated PG!

Chicago’s new holiday tradition is NUTCRACKER at The House Theatre of Chicago.  The modern spin on the Christmas classic is an imaginative and energetic  spectacle.  When I saw it for the first time last year, I was enchanted by the innovation.  I repeated the experience this past Sunday night.  Although I enjoyed the new cast in... Read more »

"Cyrano" (The House Theatre of Chicago): Nose You'll Love It!

  ‘My enemies are coward, compromise and vanity.’  Why wouldn’t a guy reveal his romantic feelings to his gal pal? Could it be as plain as the nose on his face?  The House Theatre of Chicago presents an original adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Cyrano is the classic tale of a poet-swordsman and his big old schnoz.  Cyrano... Read more »

Review "ODRADEK": It's about... 83 minutes.

The House Theatre of Chicago presents ODRADEKAt Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division StreetInspired by the Franz Kafka short story “The Care of a Family Man” Written by Brett NeveuDirected by Dexter BullardThursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 7pmThru March 5th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Eighty-three minutes with no intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh Hours after I... Read more »

"You like" "Carmilla"- "The Beauty Queen", "Odradek?"

Before I have a dream, I do like 2011 gearing up with a traditional favorite followed by horror, Globe resurrection and the House.       1.12.11  As You Like It at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (JLH) 1.15.11  Carmilla by Wildclaw Theatre at DCA THeatre 1.16.11  The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Shattered Globe at Athenaeum Theatre (RS)... Read more »

Review "Nutcracker": Best Gift This Season!

The House Theatre of Chicago presents NUTCRACKER At Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street Based on the classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman Written by Phillip C. Klapperich and Jake Minton Music composed and conducted by Kevin O’Donnell Directed by Tommy Rapley Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 7pm Thru December 26th Buy Tickets Running... Read more »

Review "Thieves Like Us": We Like Thieves!

The House Theatre of Chicago presents THIEVES LIKE USAt Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. DivisionWritten by Damon KielyBased on the novel by Edward AndersonDirected by Kimberly SeniorThru October 30th Buy TicketsRunning time:  One hour and fifty-five minutes includes a ten minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh An inmate is in the right place at the right time... Read more »

Seeing a lot of people this week: "Romeo & Juliet", "Helen", "Thieves" and "Candide"

Starting tonight, it’s days of guys, gals and thieves!  9.22.10    Romeo & Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare 9.23.10    A Brief History of Helen of Troy at Steep Theatre 9.26.10    Thieves like Us by House Theatre at Chopin Theatre 9.27.10    Candide at Goodman Theatre   Check back to read my impressions.