Posts tagged "Joe Schermoly"

EXTENDED Thru Feb 1 "The Seafarer" (Seanachai Theatre): The Drunken Holiday Show Alternative

EXTENDED Thru Feb 1 "The Seafarer" (Seanachai Theatre):  The Drunken Holiday Show Alternative
Seanachai Theatre presents THE SEAFARER. It’s Christmas time.  Richard plans to spend the holiday blind-stinking drunk…literally. Brad Armacost (Richard) is a boozer who lost his eyesight.  No one in Chicago plays a sloshed Irishman more charming than Armacost.  In The Seafarer, Armacost is hilariously inebriated.  A vivid storyteller, Armacost has this marvelous ability to draw the audience in... Read more »

"The Dead Prince" (Strange Tree Group): Innovative Lyrical Lark

"The Dead Prince" (Strange Tree Group):  Innovative Lyrical Lark
Strange Tree Group presents THE DEAD PRINCE. Is it a fairytale, a folktale or a muzical? Yes. Playwright Emily Schwartz has concocted a play-full original.   Schwartz’s story is about a princess and her quest for true love.  The happily-ever after is challenging because her prince charming is dead.  Imagine “Princess Bride” meets “Twilight” on the way to... Read more »

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Griffin Theatre): W-I-N-N-E-R!

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Griffin Theatre):  W-I-N-N-E-R!
Griffin Theatre Company opens its 25th Anniversary Season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. C-l-e-v-e-r! Rebecca Feldman originated the improvisational play “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E” to be performed by The Farm, an improv troupe in New York. The “Spelling Bee” was then workshopped and developed at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts. With music and lyrics by William Finn, book... Read more »
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EXTENDED Thru Nov 24th "The Killer Angels" (Lifeline Theatre): A Lifeline Achievement

EXTENDED Thru Nov 24th "The Killer Angels" (Lifeline Theatre):  A Lifeline Achievement
A textbook tells the facts.  A movie showcases the action.  This play embodies the true human struggle of the Civil War.  It’s like a reenactment, but instead of reliving glorified battlefield maneuvers, it focuses on the men making the historical decisions.  This insider’s perspective shows the conflict, the doubt, and the hope of a nation... 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 »

"The Emperor's New Threads (Lifeline Theatre): Spring Runway Hit!

"The Emperor's New Threads (Lifeline Theatre):  Spring Runway Hit!
The Emperor is addicted to clothes. He wants to dress for success. His outfits are over-the-top outrageous. And his Kingdom has caught his fashion fever. Everyone is rocking new and expensive outfits. To keep looking so good, the Emperor has issued a fashion tax. His well-dressed people must work more hours to keep their King... Read more »
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"Flare Path" (Griffin Theatre): Romantic Casualties of War

"Flare Path" (Griffin Theatre):  Romantic Casualties of War
Griffin Theatre Company presents FLARE PATH.  It’s WWII. The Falcon Hotel is on the edge of the Royal Air Force (RAF) base.  It’s the ideal location for servicemen to have reunion visits with their wives.  Teddy’s wife Patricia just arrived from London.  She is an actress in-between plays.  Teddy’s romantic plans are thwarted when a... Read more »

"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 »

"The Woman in White" (Lifeline Theatre): The Best Book I (kind of) Read in a Long Time

"The Woman in White" (Lifeline Theatre):  The Best Book I (kind of) Read in a Long Time
#183. As the leaves change and the temperature drops, I long to curl up with a good book.  I want to be completely engrossed in another world, another time, another life. With all the multiple distractions vying for my attention, *curling up* turns into stolen reading moments:  a chapter during the drying cycle, a few... Read more »
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"Idomeneus" (Sideshow Theatre): This King Rules!

"Idomeneus" (Sideshow Theatre): This King Rules!
“The Iliad,” “Electra,” “Oedipus el Rey,” it’s a Greekfest in Chicago!  Recent plays have been showcasing Greek theatre roots.  The fascinating complexity and connectivity of the ancient stories makes me want to take a Mythology course. Sideshow Theatre presents the American premiere of IDOMENEUS.  The Trojan War is over!  Idomeneus, the King of Crete, is... Read more »