Posts in category "Victory Gardens Theatre"

EXTENDED Thru Dec 14 "Appropriate" (Victory Gardens): Marvelously Inappropriate

EXTENDED Thru Dec 14 "Appropriate" (Victory Gardens):  Marvelously Inappropriate
182 Victory Gardens Theatre, in association with Actors Theatre of Louisville, presents the co-World Premiere of APPROPRIATE.  I’ve never really liked the word ‘appropriate.’  The label is thrown around with confident ease to judge improper behavior.  The wrinkle is the verdict is purely subjective.  In this new work, Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes that point numerous times... Read more »

"Mojada" (Victory Gardens): Compelling Expose on Immigration and Medea

"Mojada" (Victory Gardens):  Compelling Expose on Immigration and Medea
122.  Victory Gardens presents the world premiere of MOJADA. “Medea” is the Greek legend of a betrayed woman’s ultimate revenge.  Playwright Luis Alfaro modernizes the classic with modern twists.  Alfaro pens a tale of a Mexican family running away to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Alfaro cleverly fuses together elements from the tragic myth with immigration issues. ... Read more »

"The Whale" (Victory Gardens): Extraordinary!

"The Whale" (Victory Gardens):  Extraordinary!
Victory Gardens presents the Midwest premiere of THE WHALE.  Charlie is fat.  He weighs about 600+ pounds. He is stuck -literally- on his couch. And he’s dying of congestive heart failure.  His only contact with the outside world are his online writing students and his friend that’s a nurse.  Two new people stumble in his... Read more »
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"Failure: A Love Story" (Victory Gardens): Enchanting Keepsake Timepiece

"Failure: A Love Story" (Victory Gardens):  Enchanting Keepsake Timepiece
This show is all about clock watching.  And it only took me five minutes to be completely smitten with the Fail family. Victory Gardens presents the World premiere of FAILURE:  A LOVE STORY.  Gertie, Jenny June and Nellie are the Fail sisters.  They live above the family clock shop on the Chicago River.  They each... Read more »

"Equivocation" (Victory Gardens): Brilliant Wordplay!

"Equivocation" (Victory Gardens):  Brilliant Wordplay!
#189.  equivocate |iˈkwivəˌkāt| : use ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself Victory Gardens presents the Chicago premiere of EQUIVOCATION.  The King has written a story about the Gunpowder Plot.  He wants Master Shagspeare to adapt the failed assassination attempt to stage.  Struggling to tell the story, Shag begins to investigate... Read more »

"Oedipus EL Rey" (Victory Gardens): Spanglish Translation Steered by Undeniable Powerful Force!

"Oedipus EL Rey" (Victory Gardens):  Spanglish Translation Steered by Undeniable Powerful Force!
#145. I believe in the sequential order of life.  That not only does ‘everything happen for a reason’ but it happens in a weird chronological order that only makes sense in hindsight.  This life philosophy is anchored in a Divine Intervention that guides me toward a life purpose.  Is it my optimistic or naïve nature... Read more »
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"We Are Proud to Present" (Victory Gardens): A Rehearsal in Progress

"We Are Proud to Present" (Victory Gardens):  A Rehearsal in Progress
ME:      Does a powerful last 15 minutes make a play? JOSH:  No, it makes a powerful last 15 minutes. #76.  Victory Gardens presents WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION ABOUT THE HERERO OF NAMBIA, FORMERLY KNOWN AS SOUTH-WEST AFRICA, FROM THE GERMAN SUDWESTAFRIKA, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1884-1915.  A group of actors improv... Read more »

"Ameriville" (Victory Gardens): Powerful Labyrinthine Spectacle!

"Ameriville" (Victory Gardens):  Powerful Labyrinthine Spectacle!
#27.  Even before Katrina, New Orleans was known for its Hurricanes.  I have two French Quarter traditions.  I love to start my day at Cafe Du Monde for cafe au lait and beignets. And I love to end my day at Pat O’Brien’s with a legendary Hurricane.  I’m not sure what’s all in it.  But... Read more »

"In The Next Room or the vibrator play" (Victory Gardens): Charmingly Orgasmic!

"In The Next Room or the vibrator play" (Victory Gardens):  Charmingly Orgasmic!
  My friend Taya is provocative.  She typically mentions masturbation in the first ten minutes of any discourse.  Her voluptuous presence fills the room with a Mae West meets Samantha Jones prowess.  Her explicit flirtations can’t be mistaken.  Introducing her to your boyfriend is like waving a steak in front of a cougar.  Although I’ve... Read more »
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Review "The Gospel According to James": Testament to Hateful Truths

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 2nd   Narrated by Joshua Volkers   Victory Gardens Theater presents THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMESAt 2433 N. LincolnWritten by Charles SmithDirected by Chuck SmithTuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pmSaturdays at 4pmSundays at 3pmWednesdays at 2pmThru June 12th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours and... Read more »