Tag: Gary Griffin

EXTENDED Thru Dec 14 "Appropriate" (Victory Gardens): Marvelously Inappropriate

EXTENDED Thru Dec 14 "Appropriate" (Victory Gardens):  Marvelously Inappropriate
182 Victory Gardens Theatre, in association with Actors Theatre of Louisville, presents the co-World Premiere of APPROPRIATE.  I’ve never really liked the word ‘appropriate.’  The label is thrown around with confident ease to judge improper behavior.  The wrinkle is the verdict is purely subjective.  In this new work, Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes that point numerous times... Read more »

"Oklahoma" (Lyric Opera): Hottest Destination This May

"Oklahoma" (Lyric Opera):  Hottest Destination This May
80.  Lyric Opera premieres a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! “Oklahoma!” debuted in 1943.  The one-of-a-kind musical combined elements of music, comedy and dance into one super-sized showcase. This first collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein defined what a Broadway musical blockbuster could be, would be, and should be.  Seventy years old and unstoppable,... Read more »

"Sunday in the Park with George" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): *ANOTHER* Blockbuster Musical Follies!

"Sunday in the Park with George" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  *ANOTHER* Blockbuster Musical Follies!
Look at what you want, Not at where you are,  Not at what you’ll be.  -”Move On” As a writer, I can become fixated on words.  I focus on how they connect together to make sentences, stories, songs.  The right combination elicits a response: to act, to feel, to inspire. The artistry is in putting... Read more »

"A Midsummer's Night Dream"(Chicago Shakes): Pucking Hilarious!

#35. And, most dear actors, eat no onions nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet comedy. No more words: away! go, away!    – Nick Bottom Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents A Midsummer’s Night Dream.  Three worlds collide over love.  In the actor world, Peter Quince gathers the local... Read more »

EXTENDED *AGAIN* Thru August 14th "The Detective's Wife": Makings of a Bestselling Mystery

               Writers’ Theatre presents       The Detective’s Wife       Written by Keith Huff  Directed by Gary Griffin   at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon, Glencoe (map)  EXTENDED thru August 7th |  tickets: $60  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh A widow is silenced by her husband’s murder.  She isn’t so much an unwilling participant in a... Read more »

Review "The Mikado": The Bravado Spectacle!

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents THE MIKADOAt the Ardis Kranik Theatre, 20 N. Wacker DriveComposed by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur SullivanMusic by Arthur SullivanLibretto by W.S. GilbertIn English with projected English titles Conducted by Sir Andrew DavisStage directed by Gary Griffin At 7:30pm: December 8th, 11th, January 7th, 11th, 15th At 2pm:  January 5th, 9th,... Read more »

Review "Music Man": Secures the 'FAN' in Fantastic!

Marriott Theatre presents MUSIC MANAt 10 Marriott Drive, LincolnshireBooks, music and lyrics by Meredith WillsonStory by Meredith Willson and Franklin LaceyMusical direction by David KreppelDirected by Gary GriffinWednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pmWednesdays at 1pm, Saturdays at 4:30pmSundays at 1pm and 5pm Thru January 9th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours and thirty minutes includes a... Read more »

Review "Private Lives" at Chicago Shakes: Oh Coward, Brilliant!

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre presents Private Lives Written by Noel Coward Directed by Gary Griffin Thru March 7th Buy Tickets Love -hate, marriage-divorce, sex-fighting, playwright Noel Coward blurs the lines between beginnings-endings in his romantic comedy Private Lives. Chicago Shakespeare Theatre presents Private Lives, a hilarious romp about a couple madly in love for 8 years... Read more »