Posts tagged "Halena Kays"

"Burning Bluebeard" (The Ruffians): Fantastical and Believable

Reviewed by Samantha Owens This holiday season the Ruffians return with their unlikely holiday hit, BURNING BLUEBEARD. I qualify its popularity around the holidays as ‘unlikely’ because it does not have any of the typical components of a holiday story; no magical and unexpected Christmas Eve snowstorm, no wide-eyed child wise beyond his/her years, no touching... Read more »

"Lord of the Flies" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Boys will be b--- SAVAGES!

"Lord of the Flies" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Boys will be b--- SAVAGES!
Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents LORD OF THE FLIES. With his first published novel, LORD OF THE FLIES, William Goldring became an iconic writer.  His book about teenage boys forced to establish a civilization continues to be a shocker for new generations of readers.  He examines human nature challenged by puberty in a chaperone-free zone.... Read more »

"Ivywild" (The-Hypocrites): Amusement on Kays-Torrence Ride

"Ivywild" (The-Hypocrites):  Amusement on Kays-Torrence Ride
The Hypocrites present the world premiere of IVYWILD. Director Halena Kays and Playwright Jay Torrence team up together to make another historical spectacle.  Last year, they re-imagined the fire at Chicago’s Iroquois Theatre with the highly successful Neo-futurists’ run of “Burning Bluebeard.”  Now, the true tall tales of Bathhouse John is getting the Kays-Torrence treatment.... Read more »
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EXTENDED Thru Nov 17th "44 Plays for 44 Presidents" (Neo-Futurists): This Oval Office is on Fire!

EXTENDED Thru Nov 17th "44 Plays for 44 Presidents" (Neo-Futurists): This Oval Office is on Fire!
#200.  I still remember memorizing this red social studies leaflet in the fourth grade.  It was short biographies on all the presidents.  Our homework was to be able to recite each name with a little tidbit.  It was a great party trick for years to be able to recall the original 37 leaders plus update... Read more »

"The Fall of the House of Usher" (The Hypocrites): Continues the Rise of the Era of Graney!

"The Fall of the House of Usher" (The Hypocrites):  Continues the Rise of the Era of Graney!
#160. The Hypocrites present the world premiere adaptation of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER.  A mysterious letter has prompted a woman to visit her childhood friend, Usher.  He wrote that he is inflicted with medical maladies and requests her in-person assessment.  Upon arrival, the woman gets sucked into the enigma of Usher’s home... Read more »

Off Book Chats with Hypocrites, Signals and Much More!

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings at Profiles, Writers and Victory Gardens.  In addition, we chat with The Hypocrites’ new Artistic Director Halena Kays and Signal Ensemble’s co-Founder and co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra.  And of course, we have two new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.  Plus, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the 2011 Honor Awards PARTY, February 28th, 8pm-10pm at The Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway.  Come... Read more »
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"Six Characters In Search Of An Author" (The Hypocrites): CLEVER!

"Six Characters In Search Of An Author" (The Hypocrites):  CLEVER!
#31.  As a writer, I have many unfinished stories.  I get an intriguing idea for a book or play.  I start to create.  My characters get names, personalities, and objectives.  As they become real to me, I hear their voices in my head and I work to record it.  I strive to put it in... Read more »

"Burning Bluebeard" (The Neo-Futurists): Big Fireball of Entertainment!

"Burning Bluebeard" (The Neo-Futurists): Big Fireball of Entertainment!
My great grandma survived three of Chicago’s legendary tragedies:  the Great Fire (1871),  the Iroquois theatre fire (1903), and the Eastland Disaster (1915).  In its unplanned commemoration to my nanny, the 2011/2012 theatre season showcases these three catastrophes.  This is the year of cataclysms.  This fall, Lookingglass Theatre mounted the Great Fire.  In Spring 2012,... Read more »

"The Kid Thing" (About Face Theatre): Smart Script more than Baby Talk!

  Tick tock!  A thirty-something woman hears the escalating sounds of a stopwatch counting down her reproductive days.  Multiply this by four women in committed relationships, the deafening noise is a real cluster-clock!  About Face Theatre andChicago Dramatists present The Kid Thing.  Good friends gather for a casual dinner party.  They debate Michael Jackson’s merits as a parent.  What... Read more »
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