Posts tagged "Chicago Dramatists"

"The Burden of not having a Tail" (Sideshow Theatre): Miller is Crazy (Great)!

"The Burden of not having a Tail" (Sideshow Theatre): Miller is Crazy (Great)!
Sideshow Theatre presents the World Premiere of THE BURDEN OF NOT HAVING A TAIL. The curious title of Playwright Carrie Barrett’s new work sounds like a kid’s book.  It could easily be the name of the adventures of Curious George’s trainer.  It isn’t.  Walking into the cellophane-wrapped theatre, any thoughts of a children’s theme are eliminated. ... Read more »

"Christmas in Chicago" (Fine Print Theatre): Serves Up Romney Roast for Holiday Feast

"Christmas in Chicago" (Fine Print Theatre): Serves Up Romney Roast for Holiday Feast
The Fine Print Theatre Company, with production support from the Chicago Commercial Collective, presents CHRISTMAS IN CHICAGO.  Teddy and Heidi are married to their work and each other.  Along with Archie, they are going to put up their annual holiday revue.  When the fourth in their entertaining quartet gets a show in NYC, Teddy finds... Read more »

"A Steady Rain" (Chicago Commercial Collective): Chicago Masterpiece Comes Home

"A Steady Rain" (Chicago Commercial Collective):  Chicago Masterpiece Comes Home
When I was a kid, I believed things were black and white.  Actions were right or wrong.  People were good or bad.  Growing up I’ve learned nothing is that simple.  Friendships have blended the colors.  Humans are complicated; loving them requires compromise.  And every time a friend starts down a path of destruction, I have... Read more »
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"I Am Going To Change The World" (Chicago Dramatists): Powerful Deconstruction of a Dream

"I Am Going To Change The World" (Chicago Dramatists):  Powerful Deconstruction of a Dream
#122.  Once upon a time, I had a my whole life planned.  At age six, I was going to marry Chris Scalise and become a ballerina.  At age fourteen, I was going to marry Steve Dibley and become a teacher.  At age twenty-two, I was going to marry Bill Hodges and become a public defender. ... Read more »

"Fulton Street Sessions" (TUTA Theatre Chicago): Party with Plenty of Innovation!

"Fulton Street Sessions" (TUTA Theatre Chicago):  Party with Plenty of Innovation!
#41.  My favorite part of the movie “Rachel Getting Married” is the minstrels.  In a household dealing with a sister getting wed and one getting sober, this folksy band add ongoing musical interludes.   It’s a group of jovial friends playing instruments on the porch, in the house, by the tent.  Despite all the crazy... Read more »

Off Book chats with Victory Gardens' Chay Yew, Chicago Dramatists'Jon Steinhagen and Much More!

  Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings at Next, Court, Chicago Shakes, and Lyric.  In addition, we chat about world premieres with Jon Steinhagen, playwright for Chicago Dramatists and Raven Theatre  and new Artistic Director Chad Yew at Victory Gardens.  And of course, we have two new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.  Have a listen!  Plus, don’t forget to pick... Read more »
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Chicago Theatre Off Book Chats to Hell in a Handbag, about Lookingglass and MORE!

Chicago Dramatists, and Collaboraction.  In addition, we chat about comedy with David Cerda from Hell in a Handbag and almost with Kelly Leonard from Second City.  And of course, we have a new Got A Minute? segment from a local playwright.  Have a listen!  Plus, don’t forget to pick your favorite among the five finalists with  HONOR AWARDS 2011. This episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten... Read more »

"Blizzard 67" (Chicago Dramatists): Snow Spins Lives Out Of Control!

#8.  With a 20th floor view of Lake Shore Drive, my most avid memory of the 2011 Blizzard is stupid people walking ON the Drive.  I’m not talking about abandoning cars for survival.  I’m speaking of the idiots on the day after.  In between white-out conditions, curious ignorants wandered onto the major highway.  It drove... Read more »

Chicago Theatre Off Book Chats with Profiles Theatre, Writers Theatre and MORE!

It’s another round of Chicago Theatre Off Book on Chicago Independent Radio Project, CHIRP. This week, we review local theatre offerings for the holidays and at Chicago Shakes.  In addition, we’ll chat with Darrell W. Cox, Profiles Theatre and Michael Halberstam, Writers Theatre.  We’ve packed a lot in thirty-some minutes.  Listen up and let us know what... Read more »
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Review "Momma's Boyz" (Teatro Vista): Fascinating Deconstruction of Friendship

Review "Momma's Boyz" (Teatro Vista):  Fascinating Deconstruction of Friendship
At the most devastating moments in my life, I’m always baffled about how things got so out of control.  How did I let it happen?  Was it one pivotal moment that I chose this path to destruction?  Or was it a series of little things… ignoring this, going with that, picking one thing over the... Read more »