Posts tagged "Athenaeum Theatre"

"The Last Hand" (Inglis Hall Productions): Bad Ass Show Needs a Tighter Hand

"The Last Hand" (Inglis Hall Productions):  Bad Ass Show Needs a Tighter Hand
Inglis Hall Productions presents The Last Hand Before the show even starts, it’s apparent we are in gang territory.  Scenic DesignerBrian Sauer frames the stage with graffiti covered, industrial beams. Mykele Callicutt(Dante) is hustling the audience.  And Daniel Robert Rosenstrauch (Miguel) lurks in the background ‘tagging’ the set.  The tone is already established as sinister with a side of... Read more »

"Bedroom Farce" (Eclipse Theatre): Groovy Vintage Sitcom Rerun

"Bedroom Farce" (Eclipse Theatre):  Groovy Vintage Sitcom Rerun
Eclipse Theatre presents BEDROOM FARCE, the second offering in their Sir Alan Ayckbourn season.  Eclipse’s mission is one playwright – one season. Four couples. Three bedrooms.  Two estranged. One party.  Ayckbourn debuted his comedy in 1975.  The play calls for the stage to be divided into three separate bedrooms in three different houses.  Set Designer... Read more »

"Brothers Beckett" (Black Fox Theatre): Cute Summer Romp

"Brothers Beckett" (Black Fox Theatre): Cute Summer Romp
Black Fox Theatre presents the Midwest Premiere of Brothers Beckett. Two brothers share bunk beds in a pigsty of a room. What’s so odd about that? Well, Kevin is a 26 year old playwright and Brad is a 32 year old unemployed philosophy major. Their best friends are their goofy, toilet-clogging neighbor and a sweet, germ-phobic meteorologist.... Read more »
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"Smudge" (Ka-Tet Theatre): True Intent is Smudged

"Smudge" (Ka-Tet Theatre): True Intent is Smudged
Ka-Tet Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of SMUDGE. A married couple squints at an ultrasound picture trying to determine what their baby looks like.  Their discernment continues even after the baby is born.  Playwright Rachel Axler goes dark in this parental nightmare.  Axler births a baby that is missing limbs and a second eye.  She... Read more »

"Foreverendia" (Black Ship Company): Glimpses of Brave New Kid World

"Foreverendia" (Black Ship Company):  Glimpses of Brave New Kid World
The Black Ship Company presents the Chicago premiere of FOREVERENDIA.  During a snowstorm, three kids escape reality in a shared fantasy.  Nim transports her new friends to her made-up land of Foreverendia. She even shares her pretend friend, Sir Babbles. The make-believe world allures them away from their gloomy family situations.  But how long can... Read more »

"HOODOO LOVE" (The Collective Theatre): Soul-Stirring Blues and Gut-Wrenching Humanity

"HOODOO LOVE" (The Collective Theatre):  Soul-Stirring Blues and Gut-Wrenching Humanity
Q:  How do you make a man love you? A:  An orange, a sack, some spices, a MoJo bag Q:  Who knew it was that easy?  Or is it? In its inaugural production, The Collective Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of HOODOO LOVE.  It’s the 1930s. Toulou loves Ace of Spades.  And, Ace of Spades... Read more »
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"Ah, Wilderness!" (Eclipse Theatre): Simply An Adorable Rom-Com!

"Ah, Wilderness!" (Eclipse Theatre):  Simply An Adorable Rom-Com!
I ran into Oliver over the weekend.  I asked him if he was going to the opening for Eclipse.  He told me Eugene O’Neill was too heavy for the summer.  I thought back on the recent O’Neill offerings:  “Beyond the Horizon,” “Mourning Becomes Electra,” “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” and “The Iceman Cometh.”  What were... Read more »

2012 ComedySportz World Championships: All-Star Improvisers Meet Fevered Flock

2012 ComedySportz World Championships: All-Star Improvisers Meet Fevered Flock
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Maybe you’re a virgin to the ComedySportz experience, but you’re probably quite aware of it. Those ads with the teams of improvisers in red and blue bowling shirts and that guy in the Foot Locker uniform presiding over it all are omnipresent – and seem to follow you from city to... Read more »

"The Jammer" (Pine Box Theatre): Clever Moves

"The Jammer" (Pine Box Theatre):  Clever Moves
If you can’t play nice, play Roller Derby. Just ask the  Chicago Windy City Rollers. #121.  Pine Box Theatre presents THE JAMMER.  It’s the 1950s.  Roller Derby is all the rage.  It’s drama on wheels as colorful personalities slam each other for the big win.  Jack is transfixed by the theatrics.  He idolizes Charlie Heartbreaker,... Read more »
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"Beyond the Horizon" (Eclipse Theatre): Pulitzer Prize Puts Happiness Out of Reach

"Beyond the Horizon" (Eclipse Theatre):  Pulitzer Prize Puts Happiness Out of Reach
Suppose I was to tell you that it’s just beauty that’s calling me, the beauty of the far off and unknown, the mystery and spell which lures me, the need of freedom of great wide spaces, the joy of wandering on and on—-in quest of the secret which is hidden over there—-beyond the horizon?”     ― Eugene O’Neill, Beyond... Read more »