Posts in category "Raven Theatre"

EXTENDED Thru July 14th "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (Raven Theatre): Homespun, Heartfelt Comedy

EXTENDED Thru July 14th "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (Raven Theatre):  Homespun, Heartfelt Comedy
Raven Theatre presents BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS.   Playwright Neil Simon penned this ode to his childhood.  It’s the first of his Eugene trilogy that included “Biloxi Blues” and “Broadway Bound.” In BRIGHTON, Simon remembers growing up in a blended Jewish family pre-World War II.   Financial woes mingle with relational roles as the young narrator struggles... Read more »

"A Soldier's Play" (Raven Theatre): 2.4 GPA on a 4.0 Scale

"A Soldier's Play" (Raven Theatre): 2.4 GPA on a 4.0 Scale
Reviewed by Chad T. Volkers A Soldier’s Play was alright. I’ve stressed and strained over the past week trying to move beyond that perspective, convinced that I’d perhaps missed something that the gentleman who sat in front of me had picked up on, the one who’d thought the play was “wonderful, just wonderful.” He said this... Read more »

"Boy Gets Girl" (Raven Theatre): Terrifyingly Excellent!

"Boy Gets Girl" (Raven Theatre):  Terrifyingly Excellent!
Raven Theatre presents BOY GETS GIRL.  Theresa goes on a blind date with Tony.  She’s just not that in to him.  So, after a second date, she tells him that she doesn’t want to go out with him.  He won’t accept that it’s over before it begins.  He starts to try to woo her with... Read more »
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"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose" (Raven Theatre): A Holiday Treat

"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose" (Raven Theatre): A Holiday Treat
Raven’s Evermore! Series presents SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adapted by Michael Menendian & John Weagly Directed by Michael Menendian Join us for Raven Theater’s live, radio-style presentation of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose”, adapted from one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most... Read more »

"The Big Knife" (Raven Theatre): This Prime Choice is Delectable!

"The Big Knife" (Raven Theatre):  This Prime Choice is Delectable!
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are back together.  True love?  Hollywood hype?  How much control does a studio have in the private lives of its stars? Raven Theatre presents THE BIG KNIFE.  Charles Castle is a mega-star of Marcus Hoff Productions. He is a hot commodity.  Marcus Hoff wants him to sign a 14-year contract... Read more »

EXTENDED "Bang the Drum Slowly" (Raven Theatre): Male Bonding at Its Finest!

#114.  Men have always mystified me.  Having grown up with three sisters, I totally get every possible emotion for death, break-ups, or coupon expiration emitted by gals.  I don’t always understand what a man is thinking or feeling.  Their level of communication often is a grunt, a shrug, or a ‘whatever’.  My ‘How do you... Read more »
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"The Price" (Raven Theatre): Writing, Acting, Directing Makes "The Price" Right!

#50. Family ties bind.  Being tethered to something substantial with a past and a future can be comforting.  Sometimes, the rope can threaten to choke the life out of you.  Other times, the connection can be so frayed and worn that one good yank could sever it forever. Raven Theatre presents The Price.  Victor has always... Read more »

"Dating Walter Dante" (Raven Theatre): Suspected Killer Meets Girl Love Story

"Dating Walter Dante" (Raven Theatre):  Suspected Killer Meets Girl Love Story
#39. Right out of college, my friend Mary started dating this guy.  He was in his forties, divorced, unemployed and delinquent in his child support payments. And worse to me, he just gave off a weird vibe. I didn’t understand her attraction.  And I certainly didn’t trust him.  I was working for the Public Defender’s office... Read more »

EXTENDS THRU January 14th "Bus Stop" (Raven Theatre): This Bus Keeps On Trucking!

Chicago knows from recent firsthand experience that a blizzard puts people in unexpected situations.  Being snowed in together makes friends… strangers, and strangers…friends. Unable to move on from unpleasant conditions, people become physically stuck.  Digging a way out doesn’t always mean a clean exit.  Raven Theatrepresents Bus Stop.  A blizzard strands a busload at the local diner. ... Read more »
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Review "THE CHERRY ORCHARD": Terrific Pickings!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 10th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers   Raven Theatre presents THE CHERRY ORCHARD Reviewed by Katy Walsh The house is in foreclosure.  The daughter’s boyfriend is unemployed.  The matriarch spends the grocery money on partying.  It’s definitely the recession! But it’s not  Americans floundering in... Read more »