Posts tagged "Grant Sabin"

"Compulsion" (Next Theatre): Diary of a Mad Man

"Compulsion" (Next Theatre):  Diary of a Mad Man
Next Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of COMPULSION. Playwright Rinne Groff blurs fiction and non-fiction in his play about a novelist’s obsession with a diary. Groff imagines the real life struggle of Meyer Levin in adapting the “Diary of Anne Frank” into a stage play. Levin is portrayed as Syd Silver and played with... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru Sept 15 "Simpatico" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Fascinating Story is a LONG Con

EXTENDED Thru Sept 15 "Simpatico" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Fascinating Story is a LONG Con
A Red Orchid Theatre presents Simpatico Director Dado uses cinematic flair to begin this play. The stark stage is preset with only a folded bed. The music blares. And the set is dressed with opening movie credits-like panache. Chairs crash in. Windows drop in. A sofa swirls in. This all happens in moments as the words “Simpatico” and... Read more »

"Julius Caesar" (Babes with Blades): Female Force Attacks

"Julius Caesar" (Babes with Blades):  Female Force Attacks
Babes with Blades Theatre Company presents Julius Caesar. Rome welcomes back its hometown hero, Julius Caesar. The city’s vocal and visible adoration add to JC’s healthy self-esteem. They want him to be their King. JC’s growing popularity and arrogance gives the Senate pause. A group of rebels fear Caesar will turn the democracy to dictatorship. They... Read more »
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REMOUNTED AND RE-EXTENDED THRU Aug 25th "The Glass Menagerie" (Mary Arrchie Theatre): Crystallizes with Bittersweet Shimmer

REMOUNTED  AND RE-EXTENDED THRU Aug 25th "The Glass Menagerie" (Mary Arrchie Theatre):  Crystallizes with Bittersweet Shimmer
Mary Arrchie Theatre presents THE GLASS MENAGERIE.  A homeless man contemplates his past.  Tom Wingfield narrates this memory play about his childhood.  He remembers his overbearing mother, his fragile sister, his absent father and the gentleman caller.  A faded southern belle, his mom constantly berated her children…even as adults.  Her grandiose memories of her own... Read more »

"It's a Wonderful Life" (American Blues Theater): Carols, Cookies, Clarence, CHRISTMAS!

"It's a Wonderful Life" (American Blues Theater): Carols, Cookies, Clarence, CHRISTMAS!
This holiday show spells Christmas with a capital *C*… Carols, Cookies, Clarence! American Blues Theater presents It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph!  It’s a 1940 radio broadcast of the holiday classic.  Suicidal man sees how his life effected the entire town of Bedford Falls.  Clarence, an angel second class, is helping George Bailey vanquish his... Read more »

"Illegal Use of Hands" (American Blues Theatre): Needs to Go Deeper or Funnier!

When I was a senior in high school, our football team sucked.  They won only two games in our final year:  homecoming and senior night.  Luckily, those were the most important ones.  But no matter the anticipated outcome, we were there.  We were there to cheer, to complain and to console. American Blues Theater presents... Read more »
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"The Lover" (Soul Theatre): Sultry Deconstruction of a Marriage

"The Lover" (Soul Theatre): Sultry Deconstruction of a Marriage
#139.  In old movies, the phrase “hello lover!” makes me giggle.  It doesn’t even matter if the couple has had sex. Its just meant to be a term of endearment. It is the hotter version of “sweets,” “babe” or “honey.”  I tried to bring the casualness of the sexy phrase back at my ex’s wedding... 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 »

"It's a Wonderful Life: Live from the Biograph" (American Blues Theater): Wonderful!

"It's a Wonderful Life: Live from the Biograph" (American Blues Theater): Wonderful!
Books adapted to plays.  Plays adapted to movies.  Movies adapted to books.  It’s the entertainment cycle of a good story.  So, why not a play about the short story adapted into a movie adapted into a radio show?  For those who love the Jimmy Stewart holiday film classic, American Blues Theater presents IT’S A WONDERFUL... Read more »
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Review "The Invasion of Skokie": Nazis vs the Goy-Next-Door, Oy!

Kibitzing with Gentiles and Nazis in Suburbia       Chicago Dramatists presents     The Invasion of Skokie     Written by Steven Peterson Directed by Richard Perez at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago (map) through October 10th  |  tickets:  $32  |   more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh It’s 1978. The preservation of the Jewish heritage is... Read more »