Posts tagged "Caroline Neff"

First Look (Steppenwolf Theatre): New Playwrights Debut Their Works

Steppenwolf Theatre presents 2013 First Look Repertory of New Work.  The mission of the annual initiative is to develop new plays for future production at Steppenwolf Theatre and theatres across the country.  All the shows are being performed at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre running times between 80-90 minutes.     Buena Vista A new play by Edith Freni... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru June 23rd The Knowledge (Steep Theatre): Unerring authenticity and can’t-blink intensity – and watch out for Mickey

EXTENDED Thru June 23rd The Knowledge (Steep Theatre): Unerring authenticity and can’t-blink intensity – and watch out for Mickey
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Steep Theatre presents THE KNOWLEDGE. A newbie teacher in a working class town outside of London is given the dog assignment of teaching a class of the underprivileged and underperforming – the kids no one else wants. When we see plucky, wide-eyed Zoe (Caroline Neff, on all cylinders) stumble in on... Read more »

25 Saints (Pine Box Theater): Meth is a killer and beware of Ms. Duffy

25 Saints (Pine Box Theater): Meth is a killer and beware of Ms. Duffy
Reviewed by Tom Lawler The first thing to notice about Pine Box Theater’s world-premiere production of 25 Saints is its set.  As realized by scenic designer John Ross Wilson, it’s a fantastically seedy recreation of a West Virginia cabin outfitted with a dingy couch, a dusty throw that seems to be made of burlap and... Read more »
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"Three Sisters" (Steppenwolf Theatre): The Real Housewives of Russia

"Three Sisters" (Steppenwolf Theatre): The Real Housewives of Russia
#146. Over twenty-five years ago, Julie and Tom moved from South Bend, Indiana to Rochester, New York.  The newlyweds were going to start their new life together and raise a family. Over the last quarter of a century, I see Julie every few years for a gal pal reunion.  Inevitably, she will bring up her... Read more »

"The Receptionist" (Steep Theatre): Comedy Turns Thriller

"The Receptionist" (Steep Theatre):  Comedy Turns Thriller
#79.  In meetings, I like to take the seat facing the door.  I enter the conference room quickly and mark my territory with my well-known coffee mug.  With my back to the wall and facing the unknown, I’m ready for whatever may go down.  It’s part paranoia and part fantasy escape.  Sometimes, the only thing... Read more »

"Petrified Forest" (Strawdog Theatre): Rooted in a lot of Scary Woulds

"Petrified Forest" (Strawdog Theatre): Rooted in a lot of Scary Woulds
#44.  Anyone who has ever waited tables knows the pain of a boring shift.  The clock slowly ticks it down.  You fantasize that the next customer is going to: leave a whopping tip,   sweep you off your feet, blow the place up or all of the above.  You just want something to change everything.... Read more »
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"Under The Blue Sky" (Steep Theatre): 2 x 3= sex (+/- love)

High school is in an education in drama.  With so many raging hormones under one roof, it’s an ongoing lesson in Love 101. Does he like like me?  Will she go all the way?  Is he a virgin?  But this time it’s not the kids in the hall.  These questions are a test for the... Read more »

Review "Where We're Born": Comedy to Drama with Substance!

   Steppenwolf Theatre presents       Where We’re Born    Written by Lucy Thurber Directed by Brad Akin at Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted (map) through June 18  |  tickets: $20  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh  A college student returns home on break.  Beers, shots, joints: life is exactly how she left it. The escape to the comfortably familiar lulls her into trying... 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 »
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Review "A Brief History of Helen of Troy": Not So Pretty Dark Comedy

Steep Theatre presentsA BRIEF HISTORY OF HELEN OF TROY Written by Mark SchultzDirected by Joanie SchultzThru  October 30th Buy TicketsRunning time:  One hour and forty minutes with no intermission   Reviewed by Katy Walsh   ‘Porn and I are a good match.’  A teenage girl tries to get her guidance counselor on board with her... Read more »