Posts tagged "Jon Steinhagen"

"Successors" (Signal Ensemble): 'August, Osage County' Starring the Daleys

"Successors" (Signal Ensemble):  'August, Osage County' Starring the Daleys
Signal Ensemble presents the world premiere of Successors.  Mayor DeKoven has announced his sudden retirement.  He is the third generation of DeKoven mayors.  The city is surprised.  His kids are shocked.  They wonder which of them will get his endorsement for mayor:  greedy partier Marty, the smart but uptight Patricia or adult delinquent Scott.    At a family... Read more »

"Hostage Song" (Signal Ensemble): Hostage + Song = Masterpiece

"Hostage Song" (Signal Ensemble):  Hostage + Song = Masterpiece
#101.  How does it feel to be a hostage?  Our viewpoint is contrived from media manipulation.  Initially, CNN showcases an emotional message from the hostage’s parent on the hour.  FOX News broadcasts a well-coiffed politico addressing the nation’s response. The terrorists release threatening public service announcements on the Internet.  As the captivity is prolonged, American... Read more »

"The Price" (Raven Theatre): Writing, Acting, Directing Makes "The Price" Right!

#50. Family ties bind.  Being tethered to something substantial with a past and a future can be comforting.  Sometimes, the rope can threaten to choke the life out of you.  Other times, the connection can be so frayed and worn that one good yank could sever it forever. Raven Theatre presents The Price.  Victor has always... Read more »
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"Dating Walter Dante" (Raven Theatre): Suspected Killer Meets Girl Love Story

"Dating Walter Dante" (Raven Theatre):  Suspected Killer Meets Girl Love Story
#39. Right out of college, my friend Mary started dating this guy.  He was in his forties, divorced, unemployed and delinquent in his child support payments. And worse to me, he just gave off a weird vibe. I didn’t understand her attraction.  And I certainly didn’t trust him.  I was working for the Public Defender’s office... Read more »

Off Book chats with Victory Gardens' Chay Yew, Chicago Dramatists'Jon Steinhagen and Much More!

  Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings at Next, Court, Chicago Shakes, and Lyric.  In addition, we chat about world premieres with Jon Steinhagen, playwright for Chicago Dramatists and Raven Theatre  and new Artistic Director Chad Yew at Victory Gardens.  And of course, we have two new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.  Have a listen!  Plus, don’t forget to pick... Read more »

"Blizzard 67" (Chicago Dramatists): Snow Spins Lives Out Of Control!

#8.  With a 20th floor view of Lake Shore Drive, my most avid memory of the 2011 Blizzard is stupid people walking ON the Drive.  I’m not talking about abandoning cars for survival.  I’m speaking of the idiots on the day after.  In between white-out conditions, curious ignorants wandered onto the major highway.  It drove... Read more »
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EXTENDS THRU January 14th "Bus Stop" (Raven Theatre): This Bus Keeps On Trucking!

Chicago knows from recent firsthand experience that a blizzard puts people in unexpected situations.  Being snowed in together makes friends… strangers, and strangers…friends. Unable to move on from unpleasant conditions, people become physically stuck.  Digging a way out doesn’t always mean a clean exit.  Raven Theatrepresents Bus Stop.  A blizzard strands a busload at the local diner. ... Read more »

Review "ACES": Deals Powerful Cards, Game Doesn't Always Follow Suit!

Signal Ensemble Theatre presents ACES 1802 W. Berenice Written by Jon Steinhagen Directed by Ronan Marra Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 3pm Thru June 18th Buy Tickets Running Time:  One hour and fifty minutes includes an intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh At this casino, dealer’s choice is a scam.  Coworkers shuffle together to... Read more »

Review Porchlight's "Miracle on 34 Street": Classic Musical Christmas Card!

Porchlight Theatre presents MIRACLE ON 34th STREETAt Stage 773, 1225 W. BelmontBased on the novel by Valentine Davies Adapted by Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder, Will Severin, John VreekeHoliday music opening by Jon Steinhagen Musical direction by Eugene Dizon Directed by Christopher PazdernikFridays and Saturdays at 8p.m.Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30p.m.Thru January 2nd Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Ninety minutes... Read more »
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Review "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof": More like a Kitten in a Tree

Raven Theatre presents CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF At 6157 N. ClarkWritten by Tennessee WilliamsDirected by Michael MenendianThursdays, Friday, Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 3pmThru December 19th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Two and a half hours includes two ten minute intermissions Reviewed by Katy Walsh Mendacity has hit the fan at the Pollitts, the only way... Read more »