Posts tagged "Greenhouse Theater"

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (American Blues Theatre): Heart-warming, Eye-misting, Soul-lifting

 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (American Blues Theatre): Heart-warming, Eye-misting, Soul-lifting
American Blues Theater presents IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE:  LIVE IN CHICAGO! My parents came in from Indiana to see what I had described as “a radio play version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’”  Following the show, my mom said my description was “a gross understatement.”  She believes there was more emotion in this radio play... Read more »

"Northanger Abbey" (Remy Bumppo): The Price is Right!

"Northanger Abbey" (Remy Bumppo):  The Price is Right!
The name Jane Austen is synonymous with romance.  “Sense and Sensibility” and “Emma” are well-known examples of the author’s commitment to describing 18th Century courtship.  Along with her fondness for young women’s marital quests, Austen’s writings also built in a strong social commentary. Her love stories involved surmounting economic class and societal expectations.  And now her legendary... Read more »

"Creditors" (Remy Bumppo): 'Comedy with a Vengeance'?! ...yeah, not so much

"Creditors" (Remy Bumppo):  'Comedy with a Vengeance'?!  ...yeah, not so much
Remy Bumppo Think Theatre presents Creditors. Three artists + two marriages = one big mess. Adolph is a temperamental painter. Gustav is a headstrong writer. Tekla is a flirtatious writer. Adolph worries that his wife doesn’t respect him and may be cheating on him. Gustav builds Adolph’s distrust with wild theories and accusations. Gustav pushes... Read more »
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"American Storm" (Theatre Seven): Whoa, Rein It!

"American Storm" (Theatre Seven):  Whoa, Rein It!
Theatre Seven of Chicago presents the professional world premiere of American Storm.  In 1962, a young horse surprises an entire town with his speed.  Sounds like the perfect holiday heart-warming story!?  Well, add in an autistic boy, a Kennedy-chasing socialite, an eating disorder jockey, a smart ass kid, a corporate guy, a government man, a vet, a... Read more »

"pool (no water)" (Vitalist Theatre): Shallow End of Deep

"pool (no water)" (Vitalist Theatre):  Shallow End of Deep
Better job, nicer clothes, hotter spouse, it’s always great when a friend succeeds.  Outwardly, we react to the news with grins and compliments.  We smile so broad it hurts.  We toast them with sugary, high-pitched exclamations.  Inwardly, there is the smallest, darkest part of our soul that is unhappy about it. We are envious.  And... Read more »

"The Vortex" (Dead Writers Collective Theatre): Spiraling Humor, Honesty and Swank!

"The Vortex" (Dead Writers Collective Theatre):  Spiraling Humor, Honesty and Swank!
#148.  Every once in awhile, I run into someone I haven’t seen in years.  Inside, I’m momentarily transfixed by their agedness.  Outwardly, I try to compose a polite nicety.  I say to them, ‘you look fabulous!‘  I think to myself, ‘you got old… really old!‘ I like to pretend I didn’t…. didn’t age!  I color... Read more »
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