Posts tagged "Chicago Shakespeare Theater"

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Chicago Shakes): Elegant Buffoonery to a Big Band Sound

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Chicago Shakes):  Elegant Buffoonery to a Big Band Sound
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. Tis the season to make merry.  And Director Barbara Gaines does just that.  Shakespeare’s comedy classic gets an infusion of musicality and holiday spirit in Gaine’s production.  The story is familiar. Falstaff tries to secretly bed two women. His ruse backfires as the ladies end up... Read more »

"A Q Brothers' Xmas Carol" (Chicago Shakes): *Unofficially* Excellent!

"A Q Brothers' Xmas Carol" (Chicago Shakes):  *Unofficially* Excellent!
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Richard Jordan Productions LTD present A Q BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL. This is my unofficial review of this workshop production. The play is considered a work-in-progress.  So, press have been asked not to critique it.  Most probably the world premiere will be next year’s holiday season. Off the record, I would describe it... Read more »

"The Table" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Moses Lives!

"The Table" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  Moses Lives!
Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicks off this season’s World’s Stage Series with The Table, a Blind Summit production from the United Kingdom. The Table is a show about a puppet on a table. Using the traditional Japanese Bunraku style of puppetry, three performers manipulate a two foot puppet named Moses. The puppet’s body looks like a naked Dobi from the “Harry Potter” movies. His... Read more »
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Cyrano de Bergerac (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): This Nose is too Long

Cyrano de Bergerac (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  This Nose is too Long
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents CYRANO de BERGERAC. Cyrano is a legendary character who woos with his words.  Edmond Rostand wrote the tale of a big-nosed man who seduced a woman with his eloquent wit and passion.  Anthony Burgess translated and adapted the poetic prose for an American audience.  This play is all about the skillful... Read more »

"Comedy of Errors" (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre): Welcome Diversion from the Parental Grind

"Comedy of Errors" (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre): Welcome Diversion from the Parental Grind
Reviewed by Chad T. Volkers Chicago Shakespeare Theater in the Parks presents A Comedy of Errors. It turns out that the audience of a Shakespeare play, when set in a Chicago park on a Sunday Afternoon, tends toward the string-cheese side of life. I should have anticipated this, and yet, here I was, gobsmacked by... Read more »

"Shrek the Musical" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Pleasure Guaranteed

"Shrek the Musical" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Pleasure Guaranteed
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents SHREK THE MUSICAL. The Dreamworks beloved animated classic is waving its “Freak Flag” on Navy Pier this summer.  The atypical ogre-gets-the-girl love story makes the perfect kid theatrical outing. Chicago Shakes has abbreviated and fine-tuned the familiar tale.  The big heaps of heart and comedy are concentrated into a tight family-friendly... Read more »
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Off Book Chats A Red Orchid, Second City and unlocks casting secrets at Chicago Shakes and Steppenwolf

Off Book Chats A Red Orchid, Second City and unlocks casting secrets at Chicago Shakes and Steppenwolf
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews “In A Garden” at A Red Orchid Theatre and “Let Them Eat Chaos” at Second City.  Our special guests are Erica Daniels, Associate Artistic Director at Steppenwolf Theatre and Bob Mason, Artistic Associate/Casting Director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. This April 26th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Chicago Shakes, Seanachai and Brad Armacost

Off Book Chats Up Chicago Shakes, Seanachai and Brad Armacost
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews “Othello:  The Remix” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  Our special guest is  Brad Armacost, artistic associate with Seanachai Theatre and starring in “Hughie.”   This April 12th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by Marty’s Martini Bar.  Shot word of the day:  Guinness    Chicago Theatre Off Book is the new voice of community collaboration on CHIRP.  Every week, Off Book will feature Chicago leaders in performing arts entertainment. ... Read more »

EXTENDED AGAIN Thru July 27th "Othello: The Remix" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Rapped Perfectly!

EXTENDED AGAIN Thru July 27th "Othello:  The Remix" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Rapped Perfectly!
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents OTHELLO:  THE REMIX.  Othello is a big time rapper.  He meets and marries an aspiring singer, Desdemona.  She becomes his muse and he becomes in even bigger celebrity.  His homeboy Iago gets jealous.  Then, when Othello promotes the up-and-comer Cassio as his new opening act. Iago gets ruthless.  Iago decides to... Read more »
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Off Book with Oliver Sava chat up Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakes, Book of Mormon, and Ben S. Platt

Off Book with Oliver Sava chat up Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakes, Book of Mormon, and Ben S. Platt
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book with guest host Oliver Sava review Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Birthday Party” , Broadway in Chicago’s The Book of Mormon, Belarus free Theatre at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s Minsk, 2011.   Our special guest is Ben Platt starring in The Book of Mormon. This March 8th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was... Read more »