Posts tagged "Jonathan Berry"

"Conversations on a Homecoming" (Strawdog Theatre): Drunken Perfection

"Conversations on a Homecoming" (Strawdog Theatre):  Drunken Perfection
Four friends reconnect over drinks. Sounds like a pleasant evening, right?! Not the way Playwright Tom Murphy tells it. Murphy uses a guy’s hometown return as the impetus for a drunken sh#tstorm. As the drinks go down, the tension goes up and the gloves come off. Murphy’s characters grapple with politics and religion. And just below those... Read more »

"The Casuals" (Jackalope Theatre): Intriguing Story Needs More Combustibility

"The Casuals" (Jackalope Theatre):  Intriguing Story Needs More Combustibility
Jackalope Theatre Company, in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs with Special Events, presents the World Premiere of THE CASUALS. A Military secret op is the very epitome of drama.  Playwrights Chance Bone and Andrew Burden Swanson debut their take on the personal side of atom bomb testing.  They tell the story about... Read more »

Reverb (Red Twist Theater): A rocker and his chick are both pretty sick

Reverb (Red Twist Theater): A rocker and his chick are both pretty sick
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Redtwist Theatre presents REVERB. A few years ago, on a weekend budget cruise to Mexico, I ran into someone who looked familiar in the free sushi line. He was a character actor I had enjoyed in numerous indie films and the dearly departed HBO drama, Six Feet Under. I decided to... Read more »
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EXTENDED Thru June 23rd The Knowledge (Steep Theatre): Unerring authenticity and can’t-blink intensity – and watch out for Mickey

EXTENDED Thru June 23rd The Knowledge (Steep Theatre): Unerring authenticity and can’t-blink intensity – and watch out for Mickey
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Steep Theatre presents THE KNOWLEDGE. A newbie teacher in a working class town outside of London is given the dog assignment of teaching a class of the underprivileged and underperforming – the kids no one else wants. When we see plucky, wide-eyed Zoe (Caroline Neff, on all cylinders) stumble in on... Read more »

"The Burnt Part Boys" (Griffin Theatre): Manly Musical

"The Burnt Part Boys" (Griffin Theatre):  Manly Musical
Griffin Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of THE BURNT PART BOYS.  It’s 1962. A coal mine is about to be reopened.  The rural Virginia town is divided about the news.  People need the work but ten years ago, a cave-in killed a bunch of residents.  Now, their sons and daughter react to the ‘burnt part‘... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Steep, Steppenwolf, Muse of Fire, Dead Writers and More!

Off Book Chats Up Steep, Steppenwolf, Muse of Fire, Dead Writers and More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:  “Moment” at Steep Theatre,“Three Sisters” at Steppenwolf Theatre and “Vortex” by Dead Writers Collective at Greenhouse Theatre, And we have Special Guests: Jemma Alix Levy, Artistic Director at Muse of Fire Theatre, director of “Julius Caesar” for Muse of Fire and Jonathan Berry, Resident Artist at Griffin Theatre and Artistic Associate at Steep Theatre, director of “Moment” at Steep.  And of course, we have 2 new Got A... Read more »
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"Moment" (Steep Theatre): Unputdownable!

"Moment" (Steep Theatre):  Unputdownable!
#149. Family dinner always serves up the real and the fantasy.  Around a shared meal, people   fork it in and spoon it up.  I remember when I was five, the supper conversation consisted of my older sisters talking about what happened in their classrooms, my younger sister talking about what happened on her magic... Read more »

"I Am Going To Change The World" (Chicago Dramatists): Powerful Deconstruction of a Dream

"I Am Going To Change The World" (Chicago Dramatists):  Powerful Deconstruction of a Dream
#122.  Once upon a time, I had a my whole life planned.  At age six, I was going to marry Chris Scalise and become a ballerina.  At age fourteen, I was going to marry Steve Dibley and become a teacher.  At age twenty-two, I was going to marry Bill Hodges and become a public defender. ... Read more »

"THE SEA" (Theatre Mir): Bully and Sidekick Hilariously Rock The Boat!

"THE SEA" (Theatre Mir):  Bully and Sidekick Hilariously Rock The Boat!
“Don’t give up hope.  You must still change the world.”   -THE SEA #61.  Theatre Mir presents THE SEA.  A violent storm hits a seaside village.  The squall drowns one of the town’s own and sends in a replacement.  A stranger floats into the close-knit community.  He insists that he is best friends with the dead... Read more »
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"Spring Awakening" (Griffin Theatre): Profound Innovation!

"Spring Awakening" (Griffin Theatre):  Profound Innovation!
Recently, my nine year old niece, Sabrina, casually strolled right into a sex talk.  No birds and bees.  No hushed cloaked questions.  She just started girl-chat with a ‘I saw the period movie Aunt Katy.  And boys?  Uh, they have it so easy.’  I was a little stunned.  I grew up in a conservative Catholic... Read more »