Posts tagged "Johnny Knight"

"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 »

"This Is War" (Signal Ensemble Theatre): Startling Insider's Perspective

"This Is War" (Signal Ensemble Theatre):  Startling Insider's Perspective
The title says it all.  Playwright Hannah Moscovitch transports us to Afghanistan in 2008 and continually points at different scenarios and figuratively says, “this is war.”  The military examination is done as flashbacks from four different soldiers’ perspectives.  Moscovitch adds reflective narrations to connect the pieces as each person is interviewed by the media throughout the play. ... Read more »

"Thom Pain (based on nothing)" (Theater Wit): Transfixes with Pain

"Thom Pain (based on nothing)" (Theater Wit): Transfixes with Pain
Theater Wit remounts THOM PAIN (based on nothing). Lance Baker (Thom Pain) reprises the role that won him a 2007 Jeff Award for Best Solo Performance.  Fast forward six years and it seems like Baker has been frozen in time and recently thawed out.  He is this enlightened, yet ordinary, pessimist.  Baker starts the show speaking... Read more »
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"Fight Girl Battle World" (Infusion Theatre): Sci-Fi Geek's Wet Dream

"Fight Girl Battle World" (Infusion Theatre): Sci-Fi Geek's Wet Dream
Worlds collide in this intergalactic match-up. Humans vs aliens.  E-V vs Adon-Ra.  Comedy vs action.  Puppets vs actors.  The sci-fi spoof is a tribute to humanity.  Playwright Qui Nguyen penned the futuristic story of the extinction of the human race.   His clever satire tries to hook-up the last two humans in the galaxy; the streetfighter E-V   and... Read more »

"Collected Stories": (American Blues Theatre): The Story is The Story

"Collected Stories":  (American Blues Theatre):  The Story is The Story
A writer writing about writers struggling to tell their story has an amusing symmetry.  In an ode to his craft, Playwright Donald Margulies explores multiple themes.  Margulies illustrates the relationship of two writers over a six year period, starting out teacher to student before evolving.  Carmen Roman (Ruth) becomes mentor, employer, mother, contender.  And Gwendolyn Whiteside (Lisa) becomes a writer.  Margulies... 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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"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 »

"Princes of Waco" (Signal Ensemble Theatre): Compelling Performances, Convoluted Script

"Princes of Waco" (Signal Ensemble Theatre):  Compelling Performances, Convoluted Script
I remember Author Flannery O’Connor from my high school English assignments.  She had a propensity to write about characters that had a dark side.  Unsettlingly but subtlety cruel.  I think it stays with me 30+ years later because before that I believed a good man wasn’t hard to find. Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Princes of... Read more »
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"The Fisherman" (Stage Left Theatre): Casts Line Into Shark Pool

#42. I always knew when my dad had been fishing.  He smelled like pipe tobacco and bass.  There were leftover old-fashion doughnuts on the kitchen counter and fish for dinner.  And life was good. Stage Left Theatre presents the world premiere of The Fisherman.  The Twins are losing.  The carp are biting.  The beer is cooling.  For... Read more »