Posts in category "Next Theatre"

"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 »

“Everything is Illuminated” (Next Theatre): Monumental 2nd Act

“Everything is Illuminated” (Next Theatre):  Monumental 2nd Act
Reviewed by Sara Eisenbaum In the closing scene of the play the character of Jonathan Safron Foer, in the semblance of a book talk/reading, mentions something akin to ,”atrocities of violence are like a semi colon…or even a comma.” This very grandiose idea was paired with the illumination of many light bulbs on stage that... Read more »

"Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" (Next Theatre): Quirky Journey to Forgiveness

"Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" (Next Theatre):  Quirky Journey to Forgiveness
#229. Next Theatre Company presents the Midwest premiere of WELCOME HOME, JENNY SUTTER.  An amputee is discharged from the marines.  She is going home or at least that’s the plan. She missed the bus… all of the busses.   Jenny is struggling to return to her family.  She has changed.  She has lost her leg and... Read more »
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"Iphigenia 2.0" (Next Theatre): Sacrifices Story for Spectacle

War?!  I don’t get it.  Video games?!  I don’t get those either.  Men focus for hours, days, years on intentional quests for bloodshed.  How can this possibly give any lasting satisfaction? The need to be victorious and superior over others is primarily a guy thing. And it’s been a *thing* throughout history.      Next Theatre presents... Read more »

EXTENDED THRU May 19th "After the Revolution" (Next Theatre): Secret Sparks War at Home

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money. – Karl Marx #77.  Next Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of After the Revolution.  Emma is a  Marxist.  Her father is a Marxist.  Her grandfather was a Marxist. ... Read more »

"The Girl in the Yellow Dress" (Next Theatre): Simplistically, Complex Stunner!

"The Girl in the Yellow Dress" (Next Theatre):  Simplistically, Complex Stunner!
#16.  So this guy approached me in the dairy section of the grocery store.  Initially, he asked me my favorite yogurt brand.  I brushed it off with ‘whatever I have a coupon for’ and kept moving down the aisle.  He started following me.  He said that he had been noticing me in the neighborhood.  He... Read more »
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"Maple & Vine" (Next Theatre): Desirable Destination with an Excessive Commute

"Maple & Vine" (Next Theatre):  Desirable Destination with an Excessive Commute
I can remember days of no cell phones, no voicemail, no answering machines.  If I wasn’t home, I missed the call.  And I was okay with that.  I knew if it was important that they would call back.  So it’s fascinating to me that not having a signal on my cell for just moments, can... Read more »

Review "The Metal Children": A Writer's Fantasy Nightmare!

Audio podcast available on ITUNES Chicago Theatre Reviews for April 17th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers Next Theatre presentsTHE METAL CHILDREN At 927 Noyes Street, EvanstonWritten by Adam RappDirected by Joanie Shultz Thursdays at 7:30pmFridays and Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 2pmSaturdays (April 23, 30 and May 7) at 4pmThru May 8thBuy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours and... Read more »

"Madagascar" EXTENDS THRU Feb 27th: Fantasy Mystery Rivets

Next Theatre Company presents MADAGASCARAt 927 Noyes Street in EvanstonWritten by J.T. RogersDirected by Kimberly SeniorThursdays at 7:30pmFridays and Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 2pm Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours with a fifteen minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh ‘Find the connection, that’s how you unravel a mystery.’  Three people. One room.  Alone. Together.  Next Theatre... Read more »
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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 »