Posts tagged "Emily Schwartz"

"The Dead Prince" (Strange Tree Group): Innovative Lyrical Lark

"The Dead Prince" (Strange Tree Group):  Innovative Lyrical Lark
Strange Tree Group presents THE DEAD PRINCE. Is it a fairytale, a folktale or a muzical? Yes. Playwright Emily Schwartz has concocted a play-full original.   Schwartz’s story is about a princess and her quest for true love.  The happily-ever after is challenging because her prince charming is dead.  Imagine “Princess Bride” meets “Twilight” on the way to... Read more »

Unwilling and Hostile Instruments (Theatre Seven): Amalgamation of Chicago Women and History

Unwilling and Hostile Instruments (Theatre Seven): Amalgamation of Chicago Women and History
Reviewed by Jennifer Benoit-Bryan Theatre Seven presents the Chicago premiere of UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS.  The stories of seven women who pushed the boundaries of their times are presented in this production through nine mini plays designed to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of suffrage in Illinois.  Theatre Seven commissioned nine Chicago playwrights to tell... Read more »

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 »
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"The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn" (Strange Tree Group): "Back to the Future: The 1900s Version"

"The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn" (Strange Tree Group): "Back to the Future:  The 1900s Version"
The Strange Tree Group presents the World Premiere of The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn. Two brothers.  Two mothers. One dead dad.  Playwright Elizabeth Bagby’s story begins in a funeral home.  Joseph Mendelssohn is being mourned by his wife, her son and his son by his first wife.  The service is respectfully somber until his first wife shows up.  Then, it’s irreverently... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Strangetree, Bailiwick Chicago, Strawdog, Broadway in Chicago, Trainspotting USA, & More!

Off Book Chats Up Strangetree, Bailiwick Chicago, Strawdog, Broadway in Chicago, Trainspotting USA, & More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book has a special STRANGETREE episode.  This past summer, Oliver Sava was the lucky winner of an Off Book show dedicated to the theatre company of his choice.  He chose Strangetree Group.  Oliver joins us in reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” by Bailiwick Chicago, “Pontypool” by Strawdog Theatre, “Kinky Boots” by Broadway in Chicago and “Trainspotting USA” at Theater Wit.  And then we invite Strangetree Group into the... Read more »

"Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play" (Strange Tree Group): Quirky and Compelling!

"Funeral Wedding:  The Alvin Play" (Strange Tree Group):  Quirky and Compelling!
#210.  Strange Tree Group presents Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play. The Fisher family is odd.  Two scandals make them the town outcasts.  They’ve got skeletons in the closet and ghosts in the attic.  Instead of dealing with the past dalliance and more recent murders, the Fishers pretend nothing is wrong.  Dad escapes into games.  Mom escapes into... Read more »
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"Goodbye Cruel World" (Strange Tree Group): Pure Vaudevillian!

"Goodbye Cruel World" (Strange Tree Group):  Pure Vaudevillian!
#132.  My first introduction to literature with a Russian influence was ”Rocky and Bullwinkle”.  As a kid, I believed Boris and Natasha were typical Russian folks, spies without a sense of humor.  I thought Russians were a serious, cold lot that hated squirrels. Since then, I’ve decided the Soviet Union’s abilities to endure tumultuous eras... Read more »

"The Spirit Play" (Strange Tree Group): See It Before It Vanishes!

"The Spirit Play" (Strange Tree Group): See It Before It Vanishes!
A guy I know reads auras and sees past lives.  He told me once that a weeping ancestor is always nearby me.  I find that intriguing.  The connectivity of it all.  There is a certain comfort knowing dead family members like to hang with me.  That their past links to my present.  That we are... Read more »