Posts tagged "Heather Gilbert"

"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 »

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 »

"The Three Musketeers" (Lifeline Theatre): Not Quite What I Had Imagined

"The Three Musketeers" (Lifeline Theatre):  Not Quite What I Had Imagined
When Lifeline announced their 2012/2013 season last year, I was immediately excited.  Having seen the talented ensemble in multiple productions, I immediately pre-cast Chris Hainsworth (Athos) and Christopher M. Walsh – no relation (Porthos).  And I eagerly awaited to see the spectacular adventure created by Lifeline.  And even though I was right about casting Hainsworth... Read more »
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"Harold and the Purple Crayon" (Chicago Children's Theatre): Color Me Happy!

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" (Chicago Children's Theatre):  Color Me Happy!
“Cool!”      “I know what possibility means.”     “That was fantastic.”   “Oh yeah!” “That’s funny!”     “They are making an apple tree.”     “I want an apple!” Sometimes the unscripted responses of the young audience are as entertaining as the play in progress. Chicago Children’s Theatre presents a new musical version of Harold and the Purple Crayon.  Author Crockett Johnson wrote a beloved... Read more »

"Iphigenia 2.0" (Next Theatre): Sacrifices Story for Spectacle

War?!  I don’t get it.  Video games?!  I don’t get those either.  Men focus for hours, days, years on intentional quests for bloodshed.  How can this possibly give any lasting satisfaction? The need to be victorious and superior over others is primarily a guy thing. And it’s been a *thing* throughout history.      Next Theatre presents... Read more »

EXTENDED THRU May 19th "After the Revolution" (Next Theatre): Secret Sparks War at Home

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money. – Karl Marx #77.  Next Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of After the Revolution.  Emma is a  Marxist.  Her father is a Marxist.  Her grandfather was a Marxist. ... Read more »
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"HESPERIA" (Writers Theatre): Promised Land within a Gated Community

"HESPERIA" (Writers Theatre):  Promised Land within a Gated Community
#24.  I’m in the closet about religion.  Sixteen years of Catholic education has taught me that spirituality is best actualized on Sundays, DHO (days of holy obligation) or at home.  I’ve sat through lively dinner parties where conversation topics are intellectual, financial, political or sexual… but never spiritual.  People in my circles don’t talk about... Read more »

"The Caretaker" (Writers Theatre): Sublime Cast Fills The Room

"The Caretaker" (Writers Theatre):  Sublime Cast Fills The Room
In my old apartment in Chicago, Carlos was The Man.  He took care of people.  When my neighbors’ fight ended with the husband’s clothes down the garbage chute, Carlos retrieved them.  When someone ransacked the laundry room, Carlos cleaned it.  When I locked myself out, clogged the drain up, or needed the Christmas tree out,... Read more »